Harris to Star in MTC's The Other Side, Opening in Dec.

Tony Award-winner Rosemary Harris has signed on to star in Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming production of the premiere Ariel Dorfman play The Other Side.

The show will open off-Broadway at MTC's City Center Stage I on December 6th after beginning previews on November 10th.  Staged by Blanka Zizka (co-artistic director of Philadelphia's Wilma Theatre), The Other Side is "Dorfman's moving, unexpectedly comic work is set in a war torn country where a man and a woman wait. They pass their days identifying the casualties. When peace and a border guard arrive, their bleakly predictable world unravels," according to MTC.

An acclaimed stage and film actress for decades, Harris has appeared in over 2 dozen shows on Broadway; she made her debut in 1952's The Climate of Eden and last appeared in the Roundabout's (off-Broadway) production of Edward Albee's All Over in 2002.  A Tony-winner for The Lion in Winter, she was also nominated for her work in Old Times, The Royal Family, Heartbreak House, Pack of Lies, Hay Fever, A Delicate Balance, and Waiting in the Wings.  As a film actress, she is recognizable to many as Aunt May in the Spider-Man films, and was nominated for an Oscar for Tom & Viv.  Other film credits include Being Julia, The Gift, Sunshine and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.  Her daughter--Jennifer Ehle--has also followed in her mother's foosteps as a screen and stage actress.

The Chilean-born Dorfman is best-known for his play Death and the Maiden, which was adapted into a film directed by Roman Polanski starring Glenn Close (who won a Tony for her performance of Paulina Salas on Broadway).  Two other works will have their debuts in the near future--Purgatorio at the Seattle Rep in December and Picasso's Closet at Washington, D.C.'s Theatre J in spring of 2006.

For more information about MTC's 2005-2006 season, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.



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