Mariann Mayberry Replaces Mary Shultz in Playwrights Horizons' GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE

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The Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) World Premiere production of GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE, a new play by five-time Obie Award winner David Greenspan (author/performer of She Stoops to Comedy, performer in The Wax and director of Kate's Diary, all at PH; Coraline; Some Men; The Argument; The Myopia; The Boys in the Band) is set to open Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 PM at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

Directed by Leigh Silverman (Blue Door and The Retributionists at PH, Well on Broadway, In the Wake at The Public, Coraline, Drama Desk nomination for From Up Here), GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE is the fifth production of the theater company's 2010/2011 40th Anniversary Season, and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, May 1

Steppenwolf Ensemble member Mariann Mayberry (Broadway's August: Osage County, Metamorphoses and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) has assumed the role of "Charlotte," due to a family emergency for cast member Mary Shultz. Ms. Mayberry joins a cast headed by playwright David Greenspan and also including Obie Award winner Lisa Banes (My Sister in This House, PH's Isn't It Romantic/Drama Desk nomination, Broadway's Present Laughter and Arcadia, Off-Broadway's Look Back in Anger/Theatre World Award), Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus (Love! Valour! Compassion!, PH's March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, Broadway's James Joyce's The Dead, Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Falsettos), Obie Award winner Tim Hopper (More Stately Mansions, PH's Three Changes, Broadway's Present Laughter, Off-Broadway's Almost an Evening, The Dying Gaul and Picasso at the Lapin Agile), Brian Hutchison (PH's People Be Heard, Broadway's Exit the King, Proof and The Invention of Love) and Michael Izquierdo (New Jerusalem at CSC, Mother Courage at The Public).

A forgotten chorus boy (Mr. Greenspan) from the theater of Ancient Greece, stuck in a lonely purgatory these past 2000 years, is sent back to Earth on a mission from God. He now finds himself among a vacationing family in Montauk, caught off-guard by his re-discovered ability to feel love. GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE is a melancholy comic romance, told with Greenspan's unique brand of theatrical wit and exquisite lyricism.

The production features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Theresa Squire and lighting design by Matt Frey. Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates.

The performance schedule for GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE is Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2PM & 7PM. There is a special added performance on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 PM. Single tickets, $55, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

Selected performances of GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE will offer PLAYTIME! at Playwrights Horizons, a brand new program offering affordable, professional childcare while patrons see a show. Playwrights Horizons has teamed up with Sitters Studio, a bonded and insured company made up of sitters who are working artists, which will provide and operate the program at Playwrights Horizons. PLAYTIME! is free to Playwrights Horizons subscribers and available to non-subscribers for a flat fee of $15 per child. PLAYTIME! care will be offered during the following matinee performances: Sunday, April 10 at 2PM and Saturday, April 30 at 2PM.

For more information, visit the PLAYTIME! web page at www.playwrightshorizons.org/playtime.asp, or call Casey York at (212) 564-1235, ext. 3152. For additional information about Sitters Studio, please visit www.sittersstudio.com. To book tickets to GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE and reserve your child's spot in the PLAYTIME! program, visit www.ticketcentral.com, or call Ticket Central daily from Noon to 8 PM at (212) 279-4200. You must reserve childcare at the time you book your performance tickets, and no fewer than 10 days prior to your desired performance.

The PLAYTIME! program is made possible with generous funds from the Theater Subdistrict Council (TSC).

Reflecting Playwrights Horizons' ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company offers HOTtix, $25 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase. STUDENT RUSH, $15 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before curtain to full-time graduate and undergraduate students. One ticket per person, per purchase. Valid student ID required.

HOTtix and STUDENT RUSH are some of Playwrights Horizons' popular Arts Access initiatives, which allow the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket. This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The McGraw-Hill Companies and the Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation.

GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE is the result of a Playwrights Horizons Kathryn and Gilbert Miller Commission.

GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE has received generous leadership support from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. Playwrights Horizons' season productions are generously supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New

York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Time Warner Inc., the Charina Endowment Fund and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

Also currently playing at Playwrights Horizons is the acclaimed, hit World Premiere of Bathsheba Doran's KIN, directed by Sam Gold. The limited engagement has been extended to Sunday, April 17, which is the last extension possible.

Following both KIN and GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE, the final production for Playwrights Horizons' 2010/2011 40th Anniversary Season will be THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD, the New York premiere of a new musical with book by Joy Gregory; music by Gunnar Madsen; lyrics by Ms. Gregory & Mr. Madsen; and story by Ms. Gregory, Mr. Madsen & John Langs. Directed by Mr. Langs, it will begin performances Thursday, May 12 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater. THE SHAGGS is a co-production between Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop.

For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at www.playwrightshorizons.org.

 

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