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Laurie Metcalf to Lead THE OTHER PLACE at MTC in December; Joe Mantello to Direct


Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced two additional productions for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2012-2013 theatrical season. Meadow and Mandy Greenfield, MTC's Artistic Producer who is the lead in programming and execution at MTC's Off-Broadway home, are finalizing plans for the rest of the 2012-2013 season.

The Broadway season at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) will include the Broadway premiere of The Other Place by Sharr White, directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello starring three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf. The Off-Broadway season at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) will include the world premiere of THE EXPLORERS CLUB, the new comedy by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin.

The Other Place joins MTC's previously announced Broadway production of Rebecca Lenkiewicz's new version of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes starring four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas. MTC will announce a third Broadway production for the Friedman Theatre in the coming weeks.

THE EXPLORERS CLUB joins MTC's Off-Broadway season which will also include the New York premiere of GOLDEN AGE, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and the world premiere of THE MADRID, the new play by Liz Flahive, directed by two-time Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman starring four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Edie Falco.

The Other Place

Broadway premiere by Sharr White
Directed by Joe Mantello
Starring Laurie Metcalf

Previews Begin: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Opening Night: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne," "The Big Bang Theory," November, currently in Long Day's Journey into Night in London's West End, and a founding ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company) stars in MTC's Broadway-premiere production of The Other Place, a riveting new thriller by fast-rising playwright Sharr White and directed by 2-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Love! Valour! Compassion!).

Metcalf gives a "dazzling, must-be-seen performance" (Variety) as Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

The Other Place had its world premiere at MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director), opening on March 28, 2011 where it extended due to popular demand. The Other Place was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Drama League Award, and three Lucille Lortel Awards. Metcalf won an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in the production.

Additional casting and creative team for MTC's new production of The Other Place will be announced shortly.


World premiere comedy by Nell Benjamin

Previews Begin: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Opening Night: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A new madcap comedy from Tony-nominated writer Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde).

London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club faces the worst crisis in their history: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible.

True, the female candidate is brilliant, beautiful and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink?

Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship.

THE EXPLORERS CLUB is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Director, casting, and creative team for THE EXPLORERS CLUB will be announced shortly.

Subscriptions for MTC's 2012-2013 season are now available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 10 PM, Saturday 3-6:30 PM) or online at Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.

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. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Since January 2011, Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) has taken the lead in programming and execution at MTC's Off-Broadway home. Renowned MTC productions include Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'

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