Shakespeare Theatre to Welcome Michael Urie's BUYER & CELLAR, 6/20-29
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is proud to present Buyer & Cellar as a part of its STC Presentation Series. Written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett, Buyer & Cellar will launch its North American tour in Chicago in May before coming to D.C. Buyer & Cellar had its world premiere in April 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it received rave reviews and played a sold-out, extended run before transferring to the Barrow Street Theatre where it opened June 24, 2013. Buyer & Cellar stars Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) as a struggling (and recently fired) L.A. actor named Alex More, who finds himself taking an odd job working in the Malibu basement of a Hollywood mega-star (and though her name is not mentioned, there are numerous similarities to Barbara Streisand). When the A-lister makes a rare appearance one day, the comedy launches into an outrageous look at fame and the price that accompanies it. Buyer & Cellar will run from June 20-29, 2014, at STC's Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW).
Michael Urie received a 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and Buyer & Cellar was heralded as "a seriously funny and remarkably sustained slice of absurdist whimsy" by The New York Times. The critically acclaimed hit comedy swept the Best of 2013 Theater lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, New York Daily News, NPR, Newsday, The Huffington Post, AM New York, The New York Observer, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Entertainment Weekly, NBC New York, Playbill, Towleroad, Gay City News and Time Out New York.
Broadway leading man Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) will replace Urie and begin performances as Alex More in Buyer & Cellar on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street) in New York City.
To purchase tickets or to learn more, patrons can call the box office at 202.547.1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.
Michael Urie (Star) originated the role of Alex More in Buyer & Cellar at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. In the role, Urie received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards. New York theatre credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Barrow Group Studio Theater-Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull) and Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Urie has worked for The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Theater, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin) and The Blank (L.A.). Urie's film credits include He's Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-Director/Executive Producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, The Hyperglot (Director), Grantham & Rose (Executive Producer) and the upcoming Such Good People. His television credits include Hot in Cleveland, Partners and Marc St. James on Ugly Betty. Urie was trained at the Juilliard School where he was a recipient of the John Houseman prize for excellence in classical theater and the Laura Pels Award for a career in theater.