MTC Announces World Premiere of Goldfarb's THE EXTINCTION METHOD; Buntrock Directs; CARL'S SISTER Postponed


Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) announced the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of THE EXTINCTION METHOD, the new play by Daniel Goldfarb (Sarah, Sarah; Modern Orthodox) directed by Tony Award nominee Sam Buntrock (Sunday in the Park with George).

The limited engagement of THE EXTINCTION METHOD will start previews Tuesday, May 10 and open Wednesday, May 25 at Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Annie and Nate have a baby who won't sleep. Claire and Luke are losing sleep over the decision to get married and start a family. In adjacent Brooklyn Heights apartments, Daniel Goldfarb's newest and wittiest look at love, sex, commitment and parenthood unfolds and no one will rest until the truth between each of these couples is spoken.

Goldfarb returns to MTC following the success of Sarah, Sarah which played at New York City Center in 2004. His other credits include Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Retributionists, and Modern Orthodox.

Buntrock gained notoriety for the acclaimed revival of Sunday in the Park with George for which he received Tony, Olivier, and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Director. His other UK directing credits include: Cradle to Rave, God Collar, Take Flight, and the first London revival of Assassins.

Casting, creative team, and ticketing information for THE EXTINCTION METHOD will be announced in the coming weeks.

CARL'S SISTER, the new play by Alfred Uhry based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner, which had been previously announced for MTC's 2010-2011 season under the direction of Lynne Meadow, has been postponed. Uhry and Meadow are continuing work on the play and there will be a public presentation of CARL'S SISTER as part of MTC's Ernst C. Stiefel "7@7" Reading Series.

In a statement, Meadow said "Alfred, Marie, and I are all looking forward to a one night only reading with Julie White and Boyd Gaines. We are all eager to get a public reaction to this wonderful new play as we continue to work on the piece with our eye on future production."

The "7@7" public reading of CARL'S SISTER will be held Monday, March 7 at 7 PM featuring four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines in the role of ‘Carl' and Tony Award winner Julie White in the role of ‘Marie.' The reading will be held at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Additional information on MTC's upcoming "7@7" Reading Series including the full lineup and RSVP information will be announced shortly.

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MTC's 2011 spring Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman will include the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE directed by Daniel Sullivan and Tyne Daly in a new production of Terrence McNally's MASTER CLASS directed by Stephen Wadsworth. In addition to THE EXTINCTION METHOD, MTC's Off-Broadway spring season includes the New York premiere of Matthew Lopez's THE WHIPPING MAN directed by Doug Hughes, currently in previews at New York City Center Stage I.

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 17 Tony Awards and 6 Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. In January of 2011, Mandy Greenfield was named Artistic Producer of MTC. In addition to collaborating with Meadow on all Artistic policy, Greenfield is taking the lead in programming and executing at MTC's Off-Broadway Stage I at New York City Center. 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). Renowned MTC productions include 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; Woman in Mind; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'

Daniel Goldfarb (Playwright). Manhattan Theatre Club: Sarah, Sarah. Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Off-Broadway: The Retributionists at Playwrights Horizons, Modern Orthodox at Dodger Stages, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie at Blue Light (Oppenheimer Award, Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Play, Dramatist's Guild Hull-Warriner Award Finalist), NYMF, and NAMT. Regional: Radio Girl at Goodspeed, Party Come Here at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jerry Christmas at New York Stage & Film, Longwharf, CanStage, and others. Commissions: Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory Theatre. Grants: AT&T Onstage, Nash Foundation, Lincoln Center Lecomte du Nouy Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, NEA. Film and Television: "The Electric Company" (PBS); pilots for Showtime and CBS; screenplays for HBO, Chicago Films, Bureau of Moving Pictures. Education: NYU (BFA, MFA - now teaches there); The Juilliard School. Member: The Dramatist's Guild (also serves on publications committee), WGAE, MCC's Playwrights Coalition. Wife: Marianna. Children: Isabel, Tess.

Sam Buntrock (Director). Directing credits include: Sunday in the Park with George (Broadway, West End, Menier Chocolate Factory, and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre). The production received five Olivier Awards including Outstanding Musical Production and he was nominated for an Olivier for Best Director, nine Tony Nominations including Best Director and seven Drama Desk Award nominations including Best Director. Other credits include: Cradle to Rave (UK National Tour), God Collar (Edinburgh, UK National Tour and West End), Take Flight (Menier and McCarter), the current European tour of The Rocky Horror Show (since 2008), the first London revival of Assassins (New End), Get a Life and Help Yourself (both Edinburgh and UK tour). He has also worked as an animation director on numerous projects, most recently the film Stuart, A Life Backwards for Neal Street Productions, HBO and the BBC.


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