Drama in the Berkshires - Meet the Full Cast of THE COUNTRY HOUSE!
Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere co-production of The Country House, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, opened on October 2 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch interviews with the company below!
THE COUNTRY HOUSE stars Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner, Kate Jennings Grant (The Lyons, Proof), Eric Lange (FX's "The Bridge," "Weeds"), David Rasche (Regrets Only, Speed-the-Plow), Sarah Steele (Slowgirl, Speech and Debate), and Tony nominee Daniel Sunjata (TNT's "Graceland," Take Me Out).
The creative team for The Country House includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (sound design), Peter Golub (original music), and Thomas Schall (fight director).
Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner (The Commons of Pensacola, Meet the Parents) stars as Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise... inciting a series of simmering jealousies, romantic outbursts and passionate soul-searching. This witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other's lives.
as Anna Patterson
Danner won two Emmy awards for her role on Showtime's "Huff" and was nominated twice for roles on "Will & Grace" and in Joyce Carol Oates' "We Were the Mulvaneys." She received a Golden Globe nomination for Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups, and her list of career accomplishments continues with a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and nominations for roles in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire and Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies. She most recently appeared on Broadway in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Off-Broadway in The Commons of Pensacola. Her film roles include Woody Allen's Alice, The Great Santini, the Meet the Parents trilogy, What's Your Number? and Sylvia, a film in which she appeared with her daughter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Most recently Danner has appeared inThe Lucky One and Hello I Must Be Going, and she will next be seen in the films I'll See You In My Dreams and Tumbledown. Danner takes action to support causes that are important to her. She has passionately advocated for environmental concerns for more than 40 years as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and other groups, and serves on the national board of Planned Parenthood. Since the death of her husband Bruce Paltrow from oral cancer, she has also been helping the Oral Cancer Foundation raise disease awareness.
KATE JENNINGS GRANT
as Nell McNally
Grant has appeared in two previous MTC productions. This production also marks Grant's third collaboration with director Daniel Sullivan, having made her Broadway debut in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter, and subsequently starring opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Anne Heche in the MTC production of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof. Grant was last seen on Broadway in The Lyons, opposite Linda Lavin, and she played Sarah Brown in the most recent Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, alongside Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt. Grant's extensive Off-Broadway credits include the title role of Bette in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Beard of Avon(directed by Doug Hughes), Between Us (directed by Mark Brokaw at MTC), Radiant Baby (directed by George C. Wolfe at the Public Theater) and Summer of '42. Regionally, she starred in Blithe Spirit (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Talley's Folly, The Misanthrope and The Heidi Chronicles (all at the Berkshire Theatre Festival), Finian's Rainbow and Applause. Her numerous television credits include "The Good Wife," "The Carrie Diaries," "Body of Proof," "Royal Pains," "White Collar," "Rescue Me," "Cold Case," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and recurring roles in "Damages," "Parenthood" and "Pan Am." Kate will next be seen as Courtney Townsend in the upcoming season of Amazon's "Alpha House." On film, she has appeared opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Love and Other Drugs, and she played Diane Sawyer in Ron Howard's critically-acclaimedFrost/Nixon. Other film credits include The Rebound, opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Greengrass's Academy Award-nominated United 93, When a Stranger Calls, Forgiven and Bill Condon's Kinsey. Kate is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Drama Division. An accomplished singer and pianist, she also holds a BA in English and Music Composition from the University of Pennsylvania. Kate was born in New Jersey and raised in Guilford, Connecticut.
as Elliott Cooper
Lange starred on the first season of FX's hit drama, "The Bridge." He has a long list of TV credits but is perhaps best known for his recurring arcs on "Weeds" (Showtime) and "Lost" (ABC). On film, Lange will next appear in Dan Fogelman's Imagined (opposite Al Pacino) and Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler (opposite Jake Gyllenhaal). Previous films include Secretariat for Disney, and Barry Levinson's HBO biopic You Don't Know Jack. On stage in Los Angeles, Lange received an Ovation Nomination for his work in Driving Miss Daisy at the Rubicon Theatre. He was in A Streetcar Named Desire, also at the Rubicon, Ugly's First World at the Actors' Gang, The Normal Heart at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, and Asylum at the Court Theatre. Lange previously appeared in The Country House at The Geffen Playhouse. He is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in this play. When not acting, Lange enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Lisa, and preparing to be a dad for the first time.
as Walter Keegan
Rasche began his career at Chicago's famed cabaret, The Second City. He has performed often at MTC, mostly notably in Last Dance, by Marsha Norman, dir. Lynne Meadow, andMoonlight and Magnolias, by Ron Hutchinson, dir. Lynne Meadow. His Broadway credits include Speed-the-Plow (David Mamet), Lunch Hour, with Gilda Radner, (dir. Mike Nichols), Loose Ends (Michael Weller), and The Shadow Box. Off-Broadway credits include Little Miss Sunshine, adpt. and dir. by James Lapine, music by William Finn (Second Stage), Warrior Class directed by Evan Cabnet (Second Stage), Chekhov's The Seagull (CSC) for which he earned the Richard Seff Award from Actors' Equity, Regrets Only by Paul Rudnick (MTC), David Mamet's Edmond (Atlantic Theater Company), David Mamet's Faust (Magic Theater, San Francisco), and Mamet's No One Will Be Immune (Ensemble Studio Theatre). His TV credits include recurring roles on the HBO series "VEEP" opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and "Bored to Death" opposite Ted Danson. He has appeared on episodic TV in shows from "Miami Vice" to "Monk," and was "Sledge Hammer!" in the series of that name. His films include In the Loop (Armando Iannucci), Burn After Reading(Coen Brothers), Men in Black III (Sonnenfeld), Flags of our Fathers (Clint Eastwood), Flight 93 (Paul Greengrass), The Sentinel (with Michael Douglas and Kim Basinger), An Innocent Man (Peter Yates), The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood (with Sandra Bullock), That Old Feeling (with Bette Midler, dir. Carl Reiner),Delirious (with John Candy), and Manhattan (Woody Allen). He has just completed a pilot for TVLand called "Impastor."
as Susie Keegan
Off-Broadway: Slowgirl, Russian Transport, All-American, Speech and Debate, The Netflix Plays, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Regional: Not Waving (Williamstown Theater Festival) Film: The Untitled Gerardo Naranjo Project (upcoming), Trouble Dolls, (upcoming), Brother's Keeper (upcoming),The Mend, Song One, The To-Do List, Please Give, Margaret, Spanglish, Last Kind Words, Man (short). Television: "Girls," "The Good Wife," "Nurse Jackie," "Blue Bloods," "Harry's Law," "Gossip Girl," "Law & Order."
as Michael Astor
Sunjata stars as FBI Agent Paul Briggs on USA Network's, "Graceland." Sunjata is best known for portraying firefighter Franco Rivera in seven seasons of "Rescue Me" opposite Denis Leary. In 2006, Sunjata was seen in "The Devil Wears Prada," starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" alongside Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey. Additional film credits include "The Dark Knight Rises," "Lullaby," alongside Amy Adams and Terrence Howard, "Bad Company," with Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock, Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda," "One for the Money," opposite Katherine Heigl, and "Gone," opposite Amanda Seyfried. Sunjata garnered rave reviews for his portrayal of Langston Hughes in the 2004 Rodney Evans film "Brother to Brother" as well as for playing legendary baseball star Reggie Jackson in the TV series "The Bronx is Burning." Sunjata's other television credits include notable appearances on "Sex and the City," "Love Monkey," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," the film "The Feast of All Saints," and a starring role alongside Andie MacDowell in "At Risk" and "The Front." He was nominated for a Tony award for his role as Darren Lemming in "Take Me Out," the 2003 Tony Award winning play by Richard Greenberg and was most recently on Broadway in Lincoln Center's production of "Macbeth," opposote Ethan Hawke. Daniel has also appeared in "Henry VIII" at the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Twelfth Night" at the Guthrie Theater and "Cyrano de Bergerac" opposite Kevin Klein at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Sunjata did his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and received his MFA from New York University.