33 VARIATIONS Ends Limited Run Three Days Ahead of Schedule, 5/18 Show Added
Producer David Binder announced today that the critically acclaimed production of Moisés Kaufman's 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda will end its run on Thursday, May 21st, 2009. The limited engagement will close three days earlier than previously announced and a performance has been added to the beginning of the final week now playing at the EuGene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street)."Jane has had a scheduling conflict on her calendar for several months" said Binder, "but despite many efforts to work around her schedule, we all agreed today that it is best to close on Thursday, May 21st."Speaking on behalf of the producers, Binder said "Jane Fonda is extraordinary. Working with her in Moisés Kaufman's new play has been an incredible thrill for us all and she is a remarkable and dedicated actress. On top of that, she is a true star whose return to Broadway after 47 years has been one of the happiest experiences for all of us: the producers, the creative team, cast and crew of 33 Variations, and the thousands of people who came to see her. We have been very proud to have been part of this historic event, and we look forward to welcoming Jane back to Broadway very soon." A performance has been added on Monday, May 18th at 8pm and the remainder of the final week includes:
Tuesday, May 19th at 7PM
Wednesday, May 20th at 2PM - matinee
Wednesday, May 20th at 8PM
Thursday, May 21st at 8PM***For exchanges or refunds for tickets May 22-24, please return to the point of purchase.
33 Variations was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Actress in a Play (Jane Fonda), Outstanding Set Design of a Play (Derek McLane), Outstanding Sound Design (André J. Pluess), five Outer Critic's Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play (Moisés Kaufman), Outstanding Director of a Play (Moisés Kaufman), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Zach Grenier), Outstanding Set Design (Derek McLane), Outstanding Lighting Design (David Lander), two Drama League Awards including Distinguished Production of a Play (Moisés Kaufman) and Distinguished Performance Award (Jane Fonda).The Tectonic Theater Project's production of 33 VARIATIONS is being produced on Broadway by David Binder, Ruth Hendel, Barbara Whitman, Goldberg/Mills, Latitude Link, Arielle Tepper Madover, Bill Resnick, Eric Schnall, Jayne Baron Sherman and Willis/True Love Productions. Tectonic Theater Project is the award winning non-profit theater company behind such plays as The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, as well as nationally recognized arts education programs in high schools and universities around the country. Tickets for 33 VARIATIONS are currently on-sale to the general public and are available by visiting Telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 and at the box office of the EuGene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). Ticket prices range from $67.00 - $117.00.33 VARIATIONS plays Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday and Saturday matinee at 2:00PM and Sunday matinee at 3:00PM.David Binder (A Raisin in the Sun) presents the Tectonic Theater Project's production of 33 VARIATIONS, starring Jane Fonda (Katherine Brandt), Samantha Mathis (Clara Brandt), Colin Hanks (Mike Clark), Zach Grenier (Beethoven), Don Amendolia (Anton Diabelli), Susan Kellermann (Dr. Gertie Ladenburger), Erik Steele (Anton Schindler) and Diane Walsh (Pianist), written and directed by Moisés Kaufman.The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Janice Pytel (Costumes), David C. Woolard (Additional Costumes), David Lander (Lights), André Pluess (Sound), Jeff Sugg (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Daniel Pelzig (Choreography) and Mark Bly (Dramaturg).Moisés Kaufman is both the author and director of 33 VARIATIONS. This production marks his Broadway debut as a playwright. In addition to being the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project, Moisés Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright for I Am My Own Wife & The Laramie Project. Jane Fonda heads a cast of eight in 33 VARIATIONS, a new American play written and directed by Moisés Kaufman. 33 VARIATIONS tells the story of Katherine Brandt (Jane Fonda) trying to solve a centuries-old mystery about the world's greatest composer. Katherine's obsession takes her from present-day New York to 19th century Austria. As the music that consumes Katherine comes to life on stage, she races against time to find common ground with her daughter and to embrace the legacy of her own life.Oscar & Emmy Award winning Jane Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl for which she earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured actress. Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1963 drama Strange Interlude. 33 VARIATIONS marks her return to Broadway after 46 years. Samantha Mathis returns to Broadway following her performance of "Hester Falk" in Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck opposite Chris O'Donnell. TV credits include a recurring role on "Grey's Anatomy" ("Melinda"), "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day" and "Lost". Movie credits include Pump up the Volume, The Thing called Love, American Psycho, and upcoming The New Daughter alongside Kevin Costner. Colin Hanks is making his Broadway debut following a recurring role on AMC's "Mad Men" ("Father John Gill"). His movie credits include W., The House Bunny and King Kong. Zach Grenier portrayed the role of "Beethoven" in 33 Variations at La Jolla Playhouse and was most recently on Broadway in A Man for All Seasons starring Frank Langella. 33 VARIATIONS was selected by the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) to receive the 2008 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for the regional premiere at Arena Stage.33 VARIATIONS premiered on August 30, 2007 at Arena Stage, Washington, D.C. (Molly Smith, Artistic Director & Guy Bergquist, Interim Managing Director). A production of 33 Variations was produced in 2008 by The La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Joan Cumming, Managing Director). 33 Variations was developed with assistance from The Sundance Institute Theatre Program, The Orchard Project Theatre Residency Program, The Davis Performing Arts Center and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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