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Cythnia Nixon to Star in MTC's Rabbit Hole in Early '06

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce that Tony Award-nominated Cynthia Nixon will star in the theatre's world premiere production of Rabbit Hole, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, and directed by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Sight Unseen, Brooklyn Boy) at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Rabbit Hole will open February 2, 2006. Previews begin January 12, 2006.

Nixon, who won a 2004 Emmy Award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Miranda Hobbes on HBO's "Sex and the City," will be making her first Broadway appearance since The Women in 2001. The play will mark the Broadway debut of playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, who has been represented at MTC with productions of Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World and Kimberly Akimbo.

Becca (Cynthia Nixon) and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until the day their world is turned upside down. In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident, a young husband and wife find themselves drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back up into the light of day.

Cynthia Nixon has appeared on Broadway in The Women, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Indiscretions (Tony nomination), Angels in America, The Heidi Chronicles, Hurlyburly and The Real Thing (simultaneously) and The Philadelphia Story. Off-Broadway credits include The Country Club, June Moon, Servy-n-Bernice 4ever, The Illusion, Lemon Sky, Moon Children, Romeo and Juliet, Lydie Breeze, etc. Regional: A Doll's House; Arms and the Man; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Our Town; Master Builder. Film: Little Manhattan, One Last Thing, Igby Goes Down, The Out-of-Towners, Advice from a Caterpillar, Baby's Day Out, The Pelican Brief, Let It Ride, The Manhattan Project, Amadeus, Little Darlings. TV: "Sex and the City" (Emmy Award), "Tanner on Tanner," "Warm Springs," "Tanner '88," "The Murder of Mary Phagan," "Fifth of July," "Early Edition," "NY News," "Law and Order," "The Equalizer."

David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers premiered at MTC in 1999, and later transferred to the Minetta Lane Theatre for a commercial run. It has since received over a hundred productions around the country and abroad. His Wonder of the World was produced at MTC in 2001, after premiering at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre, where it was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as Outstanding New Play of the Year. Kimberly Akimbo was commissioned by South Coast Rep, premiered at that theater in 2001, received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for playwriting, three Garland Awards, and the 2001 Kesselring Prize, and was produced by MTC in 2003. David is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a proud member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, and the WGA.

Daniel Sullivan has directed MTC's Broadway productions of Brooklyn Boy; Sight Unseen and After the Night and the Music, at the Biltmore Theatre, as well as Julius Caesar; The Retreat From Moscow; Morning's at Seven; Proof (Tony Award); Major Barbara; A Moon for the Misbegotten; Ah, Wilderness!; An American Daughter; The Sisters Rosensweig; Conversations With My Father; The Heidi Chronicles; and I'm Not Rappaport. Off-Broadway credits include Proof, In Real Life and Psychopathia Sexualis (all at MTC), Intimate Apparel, Dinner With Friends, Ten Unknowns, Ancestral Voices, Spinning Into Butter, Far East, London Suite, The Substance of Fire, A Fair Country and An American Clock. Most recent regional credits are Julius Caesar, Cymbeline and Romeo and Juliet at the Old Globe. >From 1981 to 1997, Mr. Sullivan served as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre, where he directed more than 60 productions. He established Seattle Rep's New Play Program, developing new works by Jon Robin Baitz, Herb Gardner, A.R. Gurney, William Mastrosimone, Arthur Miller, Wendy Wasserstein and Charlayne Woodard, among others. Mr. Sullivan's film and television credits include The Substance of Fire and "Far East." He is the Swanlund Professor of Theater at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Renowned MTC productions include Doubt, Proof, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Yellowman, Kimberly Akimbo, Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin'. In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway's long neglected landmark Biltmore Theatre, following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign.

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