Paulson, Chianses, Lenox & More Join MCC Theater's STILL LIFE
MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director) has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Alexander Dinelaris' Still Life, directed by Will Frears. The cast will feature Dominic Chianese, Halley Feiffer, Ian Kahn, Adriane Lenox, Kelly McAndrew, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rauch and Frederick Weller. Performances will begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on September 16 and continue through November 1, 2009. Opening night is set for Monday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
In Still Life, photographer Carrie Ann inexplicably shuts down at the pinnacle of her career. Lost, and afraid to even pick up a camera, her sudden descent is interrupted by a whirlwind romance with Jeff, a trend analyst who becomes determined to help her move on, even while facing his own dark future. Two-time Drama Desk-nominated playwright Alexander Dinelaris (Red Dog Howls) is quickly being recognized as a stunning new voice in American theater. Film and theater director Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum) brings his discerning eye to this funny and heartbreaking play about a generation paralyzed by fear.
The creative team for Still Life includes David Cornis (Scenic Design), Sarah J. Holden (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Sound Design) and Michael Friedman (Original Music).
Performances are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $59 and are available by visiting www.ticketcentral.com or by calling 212-279-4200.
MCC Theater is one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season. When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences. MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through presentation of its mainstage works; its Literary Program, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers and its Education & Outreach Program, allowing more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices in the arts. Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season's Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery's Frozen; Neil LaBute's Fat Pig; Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman's Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne's Beirut. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards.
Alexander Dinelaris (Playwright) was nominated for a Lucille Lortel and two Drama Desk Awards (Book & Lyrics) for his work on the off-Broadway hit, Zanna, Don't! His other works include the critically acclaimed The Chaos Theories, which played to sold out houses at the 2004 New York Fringe Festival and recently received a staged reading which starred Ally Sheedy, Kathleen Chalfant, and Karen Ziemba. Alex has been a script doctor for New Line Cinema.
Dominic Chianese, whose career in music, film, stage and television spans 6 decades, made his acting debut with "American Savoyards" in 1952 at the Jan Hus Off-Broadway theater, leading to his first professional U.S. tour in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" and "Patience." He went on to act in dramas and musicals at regional theaters, including Arena Stage, Center Stage, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Walnut St. Theater, and the NY Shakespeare Festival among others, from 1958 to 1998. Chianese's Broadway appearances include "Richard III," David Mamet's "Water Engine," Archibald MacLeish's "Scratch," Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo," and "Requiem for a Heavyweight" by Rod Serling. His most recent stints on the stage include Arthur Miller's "The Price" at The Old Globe, "Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui," a drama that also starred Al Pacino, John Goodman, the late Tony Randall, Steve Buscemi, and Charles Durning; The Public Theatre's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" with Sam Watterston, Jimmy Smits & Kirsten Johnston under the direction of David Esbjornson and most recently in "Second Hand Memory" written and directed by Woody Allen. Chianese began his film career in 1971 with the film "Fuzz," and soon after landed the role of Johnny Ola in the classic Coppola film, "The Godfather, Part II." This led to three more films with Sidney Lumet - "Dog Day Afternoon," "Q&A," and "Night Falls on Manhattan." Other noted films include: "And Justice For All," "All the President's Men," "Second Sight," "If Lucy Fell," "The Cradle Will Rock, "Unfaithful," "When Will I Be Loved" co-starring Neve Campbell and directed by James Toback, "Kings of the Corner" starring Isabella Rossellini, Rita Moreno and Eli Wallach and directed by Peter Riegert, "The Last New Yorker", co-starring Dick Latessa and directed by Harvey Wang, and "Adrift in Manhattan", which was in Dramatic Competition this year at the Sundance Film Festival, co-starring Heather Graham and directed by Alfredo De Villa. Chianese's television credits include: "Law & Order" (a recurring role), "Kojak," "East Side, West Side," "Beacon Hill," "Dark Shadows," and "Hope & Faith." Chianese is best known for playing Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano on the HBO hit series "The Sopranos" for which he was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2001. Besides acting, he is also a singer/songwriter and has released two CD's, "Hits," a compilation of different music styles, and his most recently, "Ungrateful Heart," a collection of Italian Songs.
Halley Feiffer. Off-Broadway credits include Second Stage's productions of suburbia, Election Day, and Some Americans Abroad; None of the Above (Lion Theatre), Urgent Fury (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Feiffer's People (Blackhouse Productions). Regional credits include Third (Huntington Theatre Company), Knock, Knock! (Vineyard Playhouse) and Jules' Blues (NY Stage & Film). TV and film credits include "Law and Order," HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" and "The Wonderful Maladys," the Sundance-award winning films You Can Count on Me, Stephanie Daley, and Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, as well as his most recent film Margot at the Wedding; upcoming films include The Messenger, Fighting Fish, Twelve Thirty, and Jared Hess' Gentlemen Broncos. Halley's work as a playwright has been produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Young Playwrights' Festival XXII) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. BA: Wesleyan University.
Will Frears (Director). Film: Coach; All Saints Day (Winner, Best Narrative Short, Savannah Film Festival) Beloved. Off Broadway: Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company); The Water's Edge (Second Stage); Pen (Playwrights Horizons); Terrorism (The New Group/The Play Company); Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts); Where We're Born and God Hates the Irish (both at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); Get What You Need (Atlantic 453) and Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival). Regional: Romeo & Juliet, Bust Stop, The Water's Edge and A Servant of Two Masters at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Pillowman at George Street Playhouse; Hay Fever and The Price at Baltimore CenterStage; Sleuth at the Bay Street Theatre; Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre); Omnium Gatherum (Actor's Theatre of Louisville). Artistic Director, Yale Cabaret, 1999-2000 season. Recipient of Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller directing fellowships. MFA in directing, Yale School of Drama.
Ian Kahn. Regional: Baltimore CenterStage: Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer Brewster); Media Theater: My Fair Lady (Higgins); Alley Theater: Long Days Journey Into Night (Jaime); Wilma: Arcadia (Septimus); Hartford Stage: Ghosts (Oswald); Shakespeare Theatre of NJ: King John (the Bastard); McCarter Theater: The Tempest (Caliban); Cape Playhouse: The Beard of Avon (Will Shakspere); Arena Stage: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon Moncrieff); Round House: A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Wheelwright); Ford's Theater: Leading Ladies (Leo Clark); St. Louis Rep: The Glass Menagerie (Tom). Is very grateful to be working here at MCC. Film-The Box (Vick Brenner) opening October 2009; Day Zero (James); Brooklyn Lobster (Justin Wallace). TV-"The Unusuals" (Davis Nixon); "Reinventing the Wheelers" (Peter Hudgins); "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (Ken Harris); "Dawson's Creek" (Danny Brecker); "Bull" (Marty Decker); "Sex and the City" (Ben).
Adriane Lenox has been seen on Broadway in A'int Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, Kiss Me Kate, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Caroline or Change, and Chicago as well as Doubt for which she received the Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Tony Awards as Best Featured Actress in a Play. Off-Broadway she received the Obie and Audelco awards for her performance in Dinah Was... She is also the recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her TV appearances include "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: SVU", "Third Watch", "Shark", "Lipstick Jungle" and "Royal Pains". She has appeared in the films Black Snake Moan opposite Sam L. Jackson, Where God Left his Shoes with John Leguizamo, My Blueberry Nights opposite NOra Jones and Alvin and the Chipmunks. She recently completed filming on The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Blind Side opposite Sandra Bullock.
Kelly McAndrew is thrilled to be a part of Still Life. Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with Ned Beatty and Jason Patric). Off-Broadway: The cataract (The Women's Project), Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Other New York Theatre: Greedy (Clubbed Thumb), Topsy Turvey Mouse (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Trout Stanley (Culture Project) Lyric is Waiting (kef productions). Regional: Holiday (The Olney Theatre; Helen Hayes nomination Best Actress), Dusty and the Big Bad World (World Premiere, Denver Center Theatre), Brendan (World Premiere, Huntington Theatre), These Shining Lives (World Premiere, Baltimore Centre Stage) and plays at The Old Globe, The Alley, Arena Stage, George Street Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare on the Sound. TV: "Law & Order", "Law & Order: SVU", "Gossip Girl". Film: Everybody's Fine (with Robert DeNiro), Superheroes, New Guy, Out of the Darkness. For KVV.
Sarah Paulson, a Golden Globe nominated actress, has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage. Sarah was seen last winter in Lionsgate's Christmas Day release, The Spirit, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson. Adapted from the legendary comic strip, The Spirit is a classic action-adventure-romance, told by genre-twister Frank Miller (creator of Sin City). Paulson played Dr. Ellen Dolan, a top surgeon and the Police Commissioner's daughter. In early 2009, Paulson was seen in Rob Thomas' ABC comedy, "Cupid", opposite Bobby Cannavale. Paulson starred as Claire Allen, a psychiatrist who's assigned to keep tabs on Trevor Hale (Cannavale), who believes he's the titular god of love after he is released from a mental institution. Paulson's Golden Globe nominated role was in Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", where she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, and Steven Weber. In this NBC dramedy, Paulson played Harriet Hayes, the most gifted cast member of a controversial late-night sketch comedy series, who's also in a complicated relationship with the show's executive producer. Paulson's major television credits also include the lead role on the drama "Leap of Faith," the role of Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Patterson in "The D.A.," "Deadwood," "Path to War" (opposite Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland), "Jack and Jill," the television movies The Long Way Home (opposite Jack Lemmon) and Shaughnessy and the series "American Gothic" with Gary Cole. Paulson made her film debut in Levitation, an independent project released by Strong Pictures and directed by Scott Goldstein. Her other film credits include Marry Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page, Paramount's Down with Love (with Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce), What Women Want (opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt), The Other Sister, directed by Gary Marshall (starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis), Swimmers directed by Doug Sadler, and Diggers directed by Katherine Dieckmann. On stage, Paulson recently starred as Stacey in Mark Schultz' The Gingerbread House at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre opposite Bobby Cannavale. In 2008 Sarah starred in the Roundabout Theatre Production of Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart directed by Kathleen Turner. She originated the role for this production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival the previous summer. She also starred opposite Alfred Molina and Annette Bening in the critically acclaimed Cherry Orchard for the Mark Taper Forum playing Varya. She has appeared on Broadway as Laura Wingfield in the revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, alongside Jessica Lange as well as Wendy Wasserstein's Tony Award-winning, The Sisters Rosensweig at the Barrymore Theatre. Her other stage credits include the off-Broadway production of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe (opposite Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer) and Horton Foote's Talking Pictures at the Signature Theatre. Paulson currently resides in New York City.
Matthew Rauch. Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway: Edward the Second (Red Bull), 1001 (Page 73), Expats (New Group), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (New Group), In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Keen Company), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull), Hurlyburly (New Group), Book of Days (Signature). Theatre: plays at the El Portal in Los Angeles, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, and many others. TV: "Without a Trace", "Criminal Intent", "Jonny Zero", "Navy NCIS", "Leap of Faith", "The DA", "Law and Order", "Metropolis" (pilot). Film: Order of Redemption, No Reservations, Invitation to a Suicide, Frankenfish, Future Imperfect, Balkanization. Graduate of both the ART Institute at Harvard and Princeton University.
Frederick Weller is Marshall Mann in the USA Network original series "In Plain Sight", which premieres Sunday, June 1 at 10/9c. Weller has made many television appearances, including a principal role on the ABC police drama "Missing Persons;" the lead role in the Emmy®-nominated ABC miniseries "The Beach Boys" and a principal role in the CBS miniseries "Aftershock," opposite Jennifer Garner. He has spent most of his time for the past several years, however, working in theater and independent films. He received an Ensemble Drama Desk Award for his work in the Tony® Award-winning Broadway revival of Glengarry GLen Ross, starring Alan Alda; a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for the Off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things; a Drama Desk Award nomination for his appearance as Shane Mungitt in the Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out; another Drama Desk Award nomination for his work in Terrence McNally's Drama Desk-nominated play Some Men; and an Ensemble Obie Award for the Off-Broadway production of Curtains. He has originated roles for many of America's greatest living playwrights, including Edward Albee, Terrence McNally, Richard Greenberg and Neil LaBute. Weller has played opposite such actors as Meryl Streep, Kevin Klein, Alan Alda and Stockard Channing. Five of the six Broadway productions in which he has appeared have won or been nominated for Tony Awards, and seven of his nine Off-Broadway shows have received nominations at the Obie, Drama Desk or Lucille Lortel Awards. Weller has also played lead roles in many successful independent films, including Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things (with Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz), James Tobak's When Will I Be Loved (opposite Neve Campbell) and The Business of Strangers (with Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles).
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