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MTC's Lynne Meadow to Direct New York Debut of Melissa Ross's OF GOOD STOCK This Summer

MTC's Lynne Meadow to Direct New York Debut of Melissa Ross's OF GOOD STOCK This Summer

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce the New York premiere of Of Good Stock, the new play by Melissa Ross (Thinner Than Water, Too Much Too Soon), directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Assembled Parties, Wit, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife). The limited engagement of Of Good Stock will begin previews Tuesday, June 2 and open Tuesday, June 23 at MTC at New York City Center -- Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

The creative team for the new production of Of Good Stock will include: Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Tom Broecker (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).

The three Stockton sisters are witty, brilliant, beautiful -- and a total mess, thanks to the legacy of their complicated novelist father. In Melissa Ross' new play, these women gather at their family home on Cape Cod for a summer weekend. Their reunion ignites passions, humor, and wildly unanticipated upheavals. MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow helms Of Good Stock, Ross' raw, poignant and hilarious look at the fun and dysfunction of that thing we call family.

Of Good Stock replaces the previously announced production of The Swing of the Sea in MTC's 2014-2015 season. At the request of playwright Richard Greenberg and director Lynne Meadow, MTC has agreed to postpone The Swing of the Sea in order to give these artists more time to work on the production of the play.

MTC subscribers with tickets for The Swing of the Sea will be contacted by MTC. Single ticket buyers for The Swing of the Sea can go to their original point of purchase to exchange for tickets to Of Good Stock beginning Monday, February 9.

Single tickets for Of Good Stock go on sale Monday, February 9 and will be available by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, online by visiting www.nycitycenter.org, or by visiting New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). All tickets are $90.

Casting and additional listings information for the production will be announced in the coming weeks.

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 19 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 Constellations, Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; 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.' For more information on MTC, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

BIOGRAPHIES:

MELISSA ROSS (Playwright). Plays include Thinner Than Water, You Are Here, Do Something Pretty, The Allies, and An Entomologist's Love Story. Thinner Than Water was originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company and is included in the anthology "New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011" by Smith and Kraus. It received its Chicago premiere at The Gift Theatre spring of 2014 and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Ross has had readings and workshops with The Amoralists, The Cherry Lane Theater, Colt Coeur, Dorset Theater Festival, Iama Theater Company, The Juilliard School, Labyrinth Theater Company, LCT3, Manhattan Theater Club, Montana Rep, New York Stage and Film, The New Group, The Pacific Playwrights Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and the TheatreWorks Palo Alto New Works Festival. Her play Of Good Stock will receive its world premiere in 2015 as a part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory where it was commissioned. Subsequently her play Nice Girl will have its world premiere with Labyrinth Theater Company. Ross was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and is a proud member of both the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company.

LYNNE MEADOW (Director; Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club, Inc.), has been MTC's artistic visionary and leader since 1972, creating work that has put the company at the forefront of the American theatre. Directing: Amanda Peet's The Commons of Pensacola, Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties (Tony nom), Margaret Edson's Wit (Tony nom), Donald Margulies' Collected Stories and The Loman Family Picnic, Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (Tony nom), Leslie Ayvazian's Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nom), Alan Ayckbourn's Woman in Mind (Drama Desk nom) and A Small Family Business and David Rudkin's Ashes (Obie), premieres by Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Howard Brenton, etc. Graduate of Bryn Mawr, attended Yale School of Drama. Awards: Mr. Abbott Award, Lucille Lortel and Lilly Lifetime Achievement awards, Louis Auchincloss Prize, 2013 Theater Hall of Fame. Teaching: Yale, Fordham, NYU, etc.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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