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Full Cast Announced for MTC's World Premiere of DAN CODY'S YACHT


Dan Cody's Yacht

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Dan Cody's Yacht, a new play written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes. Rehearsals for the production begin tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17.

The cast of Dan Cody's Yacht will feature Kristen Bush (Taking Care of Baby at MTC, The City of Conversation), Meredith Forlenza (1984, The Winslow Boy), Laura Kai Chen (Her, "Days of Our Lives"), Rick Holmes (Junk, Peter and the Starcatcher), Roxanna Hope Radja (Ruins of Civilization at MTC, Torch Song), John Kroft(Dracula), Jordan Lage (Race, Speed-the-Plow), and Casey Whyland (Billy Elliot the Musical).

Dan Cody's Yacht begins previews Tuesday, May 15 ahead of a Wednesday, June 6 opening night at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Dan Cody's Yacht is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Support for Dan Cody's Yacht is provided by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Dan Cody's Yacht was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club.

In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up the question: what truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from "The Great Gatsby," this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance to educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony winner Doug Hughes (The Father and Doubt at MTC).

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design), and Ben Furey (dialect coach).

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes; August Wilson's Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens;The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour;Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by AmandaPeet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit


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Anthony Giardina (Playwright). Off-Broadway: The City of Conversation (Mitzi Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center, Drama Desk and Outer Circle Critics nominations for Best Play ), Living at Home (Playwrights Horizons), Scenes from La Vie de Boheme (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional: An American Tragedy and The Child (Arena Stage), The Beach (Yale Rep), Black Forest (Long Wharf), Custody of the Eyes (Cleveland Playhouse). Five novels: Men with Debts (Knopf), A Boy's Pretensions (Simon and Schuster), Recent History (Random House), White Guys (FSG) and Norumbega Park (FSG), and a story collection, The Country of Marriage (Random House). His short fiction and essays have appeared in Esquire, GQ, Harper's and The New York Times Magazine.

Doug Hughes (Director) most recently directed the Broadway production of Junk at Lincoln Center Theater. Other Broadway productions include the Tony-nominated The Father and Outside Mullingar at Manhattan Theatre Club; The Big Knife, An Enemy of the People, Born Yesterday, Elling, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Oleanna, the Tony-nominated revival of The Royal Family, A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, the Tony-nominated revival of Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Frozen (Tony nomination, Best Director), and Doubt, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Director. Recent off-Broadway productions include Incognito, The City of Conversation, Death Takes A Holiday, The Whipping Man, An Experiment With an Air Pump, Flesh and Blood and Defiance. In addition to the Tony, he has been awarded Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obie and Callaway Awards for his productions.

Kristen Bush (Cara Russo). For MTC: Taking Care of Baby. ?Off-Broadway: The City of Conversation (Lincoln Center); The Common Pursuit (Roundabout); Kin (Playwrights Horizons); King Lear (The Public); As You Like It (The Public/NYSF); Photograph 51; Isaac's Eye (both Ensemble Studio Theatre); Great Expectations (Theatreworks). Regional: Uncle Vanya (Jeff Award Nom). Selected film and TV: Paterno (upcoming); Slumber; Synecdoche, NY; Liberal Arts; Calling It Quits; "The Affair;" "L&O:SVU;" 'Numb3rs;" "NCIS;" "Knightrider;" "The Good Wife;" "Blue Bloods;" "Suits;" "Unforgettable;" "Person of Interest;" "Elementary;" & recurring roles on "The Following" & ?"American ??Odyssey."

Laura Kai Chen (Alice Tuan) is delighted to be making her Manhattan Theatre Club debut! Other New York stage credits include Much Ado About Nothing with NYSF/Public Theater, No Foreigners Beyond This Point with Ma-Yi Theater, and Orange, Lemon, Egg, Canary at P.S. 122. Film/television credits include Spike Jonze'sHer, "Togetherness" (recurring), "Days of Our Lives" (recurring), "Boston Legal" (recurring), and "Law & Order: SVU" (recurring), in addition to numerous guest stars. Alumna of the Graduate Acting Program at NYU and Brown University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the actor Manu Narayan, and their two dogs.

Meredith Forlenza (Pamela Hossmer). MTC Debut. Broadway: 1984, The Winslow Boy, Noises Off, A Behanding in Spokane, Pal Joey. Off-Broadway: All-American (LCT3), Completeness (Playwrights Horizons), Empathitrax (EST), The Second Time (LaMaMa), A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (SoHo Playhouse). Regional: Can You Forgive Her? (IRNE Nomination for Best Actress) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (Huntington Theatre), The DellingShore (Humana Festival). TV: "The Tick," "Blindspot," "Mercy," "Billy & Billie." Film: Hannah Has a Ho Phase, The Union, Not Fade Away. Ensemble Studio Theatre Company Member, graduate of Northwestern University.

Rick Holmes (Kevin O'Neill). Broadway: Junk, Matilda, The Visit, Peter and the Starcatcher, Spamalot, The Pillowman, Cabaret, Major Barbara, The Government Inspector, The Deep Blue Sea, Timon of Athens, Saint Joan. National tour: Angels in America. Off-Broadway: The Lives of the Saints, The Threepenny Opera, Distracted, Peter and the Starcatcher, Stop Kiss, Dog Opera, Haploid, Othello, Richard III. Regional: Spamalot (The Hollywood Bowl); The Visit, The Rivals (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Film: The Post, Irreplaceable You, The Girl in the Park, The Stepford Wives, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Melinda and Melinda. TV: "Atlanta," "The Punisher," "Modern Family," "The Blacklist," "BrainDead," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "The City," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Talk to Me."

Roxanna Hope Radja (Cathy Conz). Broadway: Frost/Nixon, After the Fall, The Women, Boeing Boeing (u/s,) and others; Off-Broadway: Torch Song/Second Stage Theatre; Ruins of Civilization/Manhattan Theatre Club; Ode To Joy; Horsedreams/Rattlestick Theater; Mahida's Extra Key To Heaven/Epic Theater Co; Princess Turandot/Blue Light Theater Co; 1001; Arabian Night. Regional: Hedda Gabler/Hartford Stage, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Pericles/ Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; Tartuffe, Indian Ink, Hecuba/American Conservatory Theater; Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and others. Film/TV: "Puncture," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "Unforgettable," "The Good Wife," "Law and Order SVU," "Law and Order," "Law and Order CI," "All My Children," and others. MFA/The American Conservatory Theater.

JOHN KROFT (Conor O'Neill). MTC and New York Debut. Regional theater credits include: Bram Stoker's Dracula (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Tempest, morning (Bay Street Theater). Workshop Productions: Good Ol' Boys (Eugene L. O'Neil National Playwrights Conference); Dan Cody's Yacht (Chautauqua Theater Company); Stereophonic (Sundance Institute). Film: Ambition; Compatibility (short). TV: "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "Red Oaks" (Amazon). Audiobooks: Restart; Sidetracked; Checked; Pride Wars: The Spinner Prince. Education: BFA, The Juilliard School.

Jordan Lage (Geoff Hossmer). Broadway: Race, Speed-the-Plow, Inherit the Wind, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Best Man, The Old Neighborhood, Our Town, A Few Good Men (nat'l tour). Off-Broadway: The Penitent, Keep Your Pantheon, Storefront Church, Almost an Evening, The Water Engine, The Hothouse, Mojo, Boys' Life. Regional: Other People's Money, South Pacific, American Buffalo, Race, Ride the Tiger, Rabbit Hole, Love! Valor! Compassion!, The Woods. Recent TV: "Better Call Saul," "Billions," "The Looming Tower," "Taken," "Elementary." Recurring: "The Path," "Madam Secretary," "Boardwalk Empire," "Damages," "Oz." Drama Desk, Barrymore Awards; CT Critics Circle, AUDelco nominations. Founding member, Atlantic Theater Company.

Casey Whyland (Angela Russo) is thrilled to be making her Manhattan Theatre Club debut! Broadway: Billy Elliot the Musical. National Tours: Annie (The 30th Anniversary), Billy Elliot the Musical. Education: New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study (Class of 2018). Much love and thanks to her family, CESD, and the entire company.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy

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