Casting announced for MTC's A Picasso

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of A PICASSO, the New York premiere of a new play by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by John Tillinger, will open Tuesday, April 19th at Stage II at NY City Center (131 West 55th Street). Previews begin Thursday, March 31st.

The production stars Dennis Boutsikaris and Jill Eikenberry.

Set during the German occupation of Paris, A PICASSO imagines a confrontation between Picasso (Dennis Boutsikaris) and a mysterious interrogator, Miss Fischer (Jill Eikenberry), concerning several confiscated works.

Set design is by Allen Moyer, costume design is by Jane Greenwood, lighting design is by Duane Schuler and sound design is by Scott Killian.

The performance schedule for A PICASSO is: Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 PM, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $48 and can be reserved by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Student tickets are $25, and are on sale for all performances based on availability, on the day of the performance, up to one hour before show time. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at NY City Center is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.

Dennis Boutsikaris (Pablo Picasso). Broadway: Amadeus (Mozart), Filumena (Directed by Sir Laurence Oliver), and Bent. Off-Bway: Sight Unseen (Manhattan Theatre Club, OBIE Award-Outstanding Performance & Drama Desk Nomination for Best Actor), The Nest of the Woodgrouse (NYSF, OBIE Award- Outstanding Performance), The Boys Next Door and That Championship Season (Second Stage). Television: "Chasing the Dragon" (Cable ACE Nomination- Best Supporting Actor), "And Then There Was One" (Lifetime), "Custody of the Heart" (Lifetime). Series: "Stat," "The Jackie Thomas Show," Sidney Lumet's "100 Centre Street." Films: *batteries not included, Dream Team, Boys on the Side, In Dreams, & Crocodile Dundee II.

Jill Eikenberry (Miss Fischer) starred in Broadway productions of Moonchildren, Watch on the Rhine, Summer Brave, Onward Victoria and All Over Town. A graduate of Yale Drama School, she appeared Off-Broadway in Uncommon Women and Others, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, and won an Obie award for her performances in Lemon Sky and Life Under Water. She earned a Golden Globe Award and five Emmy nominations as Ann Kelsey on NBC-TV's "L.A. Law." Films: Between the Lines, Arthur, Hide in Plain Sight. She received the Humanitas Award for "Destined to Live," a breast cancer documentary she co-produced and hosted on NBC.

JEFFREY HATCHER (Playwright). Broadway: Never Gonna Dance (book); MTC: Three Viewings. Other Off-Broadway: Scotland Road, The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at the Minetta Lane; Murder by Poe at The Acting Company and Neddy at American Place. Other plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Old Globe, Guthrie, South Coast, Coconut Grove, Children's Theater Co., Intiman, Milwaukee Rep., The Empty Space, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Denver Center, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. Film/TV: Stage Beauty, Casanova, Murder at the Cannes Film Festival and "Columbo." He has won grants and awards from the NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award and others. He is a member/alumnus of New Dramatists, the Playwrights Center, WGA and the Dramatists Guild.

John Tillinger (Director). Broadway: Say Goodnight Gracie, Judgment at Nuremberg, Night Must Fall, Getting and Spending, The Sunshine Boys, Inherit the Wind (Tony® nom., Outer Critics Circle Award), Broken Glass, The Price (Tony® nom.), Three Men on a Horse (OCC nom.), Sweet Sue, Loot! (OCC Award, Tony® nom.), Corpse!, The Golden Age and Solomon's Child. West End/London: What the Butler Saw, Love Letters, Corpse! Off-B'way: Eden; House and Garden; Comic Potential; Dealer's Choice; Sylvia; A Perfect Ganesh; The Last Yankee; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; After the Fall; Breaking Legs; The Lisbon Traviata; Prin; What the Butler Saw; Love Letters (Lortel Award); Urban Blight; The Film Society; Another Antigone; Little Murders; The Perfect Party (OCC Award); It's Only a Play (Drama Desk nom.); Serenading Louie (Drama Desk nom.) and Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk Award).

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