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New Group's 2013-14 Season to Include THE JACKSONIAN with Bill Pullman, Ed Harris & More!

The New Group launches its 2013-2014 Off-Broadway season with the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley's The Jacksonian, arriving in Fall 2013. Directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls, this production features Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. The Jacksonian was first produced at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012. In Winter 2014, as the second production in the company's season, The New Group delivers the world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's Intimacy, directed by Scott Elliott. The third production of The New Group's upcoming season is to be announced.

The Jacksonian and Intimacy play at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street).

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The Jacksonian by Beth Henley.
New York premiere directed by Robert Falls, featuring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan, Bill Pullman.
Previews begin October 2013
Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch (Ed Harris) moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee (Glenne Headly), a treacherous bartender (Bill Pullman), and his now estranged wife (Amy Madigan). Set against the investigation of a recent lynching and climaxing in a crime of passion, The Jacksonian, brimming with suspense and dark humor, unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism. This play premiered in February 2012 in a production directed by Robert Falls, featuring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. Additional casting to be announced.

Intimacy by Thomas Bradshaw
World premiere directed by Scott Elliott.
Previews begin January 2014

Intimacy takes us on a surprising journey with three families in a well-manicured American town. Interracial couple Jerry and Pat borrow tools from their recently widowed, white evangelical neighbor James, and they even share the same Latino contractor, the mysterious Fred. Everything's suburban bliss until James discovers that Jerry and Pat's daughter Janet is a budding porn star and shuns the family. But James doesn't know that his son Matthew, an aspiring filmmaker, has other ideas. Thomas Bradshaw (Burning) returns to The New Group with an outrageous and revealing comedy about race, sex, and intimacy.

Last season, The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director) presented three world premieres: Francine Volpe's The Good Mother directed by Scott Elliott; Jonathan Marc Sherman's Clive, directed by and featuring Ethan Hawke; and the new musical Bunty Berman Presents..., with book & lyrics by Ayub Khan Din and music by Ayub Khan Din & Paul Bogaev. In its 2011-2012 season, the company presentEd Thomas Bradshaw's Burning, the extended run of Erika Sheffer's Russian Transport (both directed by Scott Elliott) and David Rabe's An Early History of Fire directed by Jo Bonney. Other recent productions include Tommy Nohilly's Blood From A Stone featuring Ethan Hawke (Obie winner); the revival of Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce starring Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley; One Arm by Tennessee Williams, adapted and directed by Moisés Kaufman; A Lie of the Mind; The Kid; Groundswell; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Hurlyburly; Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years, Abigail's Party, Smelling a Rat, Goose-Pimples and Ecstasy; Wallace Shawn's The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon; Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger featuring Matthew Broderick and This is Our Youth; Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth and My Night With Reg; and Ayub Khan Din's East is East and Rafta, Rafta.... The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical (Avenue Q). The New Group and Artistic Director Scott Elliott were honored with a Special 2010-11 Drama Desk Award "for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions."

Thomas Bradshaw's plays include Job (The Flea, 2012), Burning (The New Group, 2011), Mary (Goodman Theater, 2011), The Bereaved (Crowded Fire, 2013, Partial Comfort, 2009, The State Theater of Bielefeld in Germany), Southern Promises (PS 122, 2008), Dawn (The Flea, 2008) and many more. Mr. Bradshaw received his M.F.A. from Mac Wellman's playwriting program and is Professor of Playwriting at Northwestern University. He has been featured as one of Time Out New York's ten playwrights to watch and Best Provocative Playwright by The Village Voice. He has received Fellowships from The Lark Play Development Center, Soho Rep. (Streslin Fellow) and New York Theater Workshop. He was the Playwright in Residence at The Soho Theatre in London in February 2009. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2012 Award from the Foundation of Contemporary ArT. Bradshaw has received commissions from Soho Theatre (London), The Goodman Theater, Soho Repertory Theater (New York), The Flea Theater, Theater Bielefeld (Germany) and Partial Comfort Productions. He is currently working on commissions from the Goodman Theater, Manhattan Theater Club and the Foundry Theater as well as developing a TV series for HARPO and HBO. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize and the 2012 Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Scott Elliott is an award winning stage director, filmmaker and the founding Artistic Director of The New Group. New Group directing credits include the new musical Bunty Berman Presents..., with book & lyrics by Ayub Khan Din and music by Ayub Khan Din & Paul Bogaev; Francine Volpe's The Good Mother; Erika Sheffer's Russian Transport; Thomas Bradshaw's Burning; Tommy Nohilly's Blood From A Stone (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play); and the 2010 musical The Kid (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Outstanding Musical); Groundswell; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Hurlyburly; Ayub Khan Din's East is East and Rafta Rafta...; Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce, Aunt Dan and Lemon and The Fever; and 5 plays by Mike Leigh: Two Thousand Years, Abigail's Party, Smelling a Rat, Goose-Pimples and Ecstasy. His Broadway credits include Present Laughter, Barefoot in the Park, The Threepenny Opera, The Women and Three Sisters. Other directing credits include The Monogamist (Lortel Award and Drama Desk nomination); the American premiere of Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Jon Robin Baitz's The End of the Day; and Kiki & Herb: Coup de Théatre. Scott is an associate artist at the Roundabout and is currently developing a TV show for Scott Free productions.

Robert Falls has been the artistic director of Goodman Theatre since 1986. From 1977 - 1985, he was the artistic director of Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Most recently, he directed a new production of Measure for Measure for the Goodman mainstage. Last October, his critically acclaimed production of The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, was honored with six 2012 Jeff Awards, including Best Director and Best Production of a Play. Also in 2012, Mr. Falls directed the world premiere of Beth Henley's The Jacksonian for the Geffen Playhouse and John Logan's Red for the Goodman and Arena Stage. Other recent productions include Jon Robin Baitz's Three Hotels for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Chekhov's The Seagull and the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman's A True History of the Johnstown Flood for the Goodman, and King Lear for the Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Hayes Award). His credits also include Desire Under the Elms on Broadway and at the Goodman, the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, Richard Nelson's Frank's Home for the Goodman and Playwrights Horizons, and the American premiere of Shining City on Broadway. His production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida for Walt Disney Theatricals ran on Broadway for four years and toured nationally and abroad. Two of his most highly acclaimed Broadway productions, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, were honored with seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. Other Goodman credits include the world premieres of Arthur Miller's Finishing the Picture, Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge and Dollhouse, Eric Bogosian's Griller, Louis Rosen and Thom Bishop's Book of the Night, Steve Tesich's The Speed of Darkness and On the Open Road, and John Logan's Riverview: A Melodrama with Music; and the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's House and Garden. Next season, Mr. Falls will direct the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale.

Beth Henley was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Her plays have been produced internationally and translated into over ten languages. Crimes of the Heart (The Golden Theatre) and The Wake of Jamey Foster (Eugene O'Neill Theatre) were performed on Broadway. Off-Broadway productions include: The Miss Firecracker Contest, Am I Blue, The Lucky Spot, The Debutante Ball, Abundance, Impossible Marriage and Family Week. Her play Ridiculous Fraud was produced at McCarter Theatre as well as South Coast Repertory Theatre. Her newest work The Jacksonian premiered at the Geffen Theatre in 2012 to great acclaim. Beth Henley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for Crimes of the Heart. Other awards include: American Theatre Wing 1998 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Playwriting; Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist for Crimes of the Heart and Ridiculous Fraud; Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award 2000; New York Stage and Film Honoree, 2007; ATHE Career Achievement Award, 2010. Ms. Henley wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed film version of Crimes of the Heart for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. The film starred Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard. Bruce Beresford directed. She also wrote the screenplay for Miss Firecracker starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins. She wrote the screenplay for Nobody's Fool that starred Rosanna Arquette and Eric Roberts, and co-wrote David Byrne's True Stories. Her television credits include Surviving Love, a film for CBS starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen as well as a teleplay for the PBS series, Trying Times, directed by Jonathan Demme. Ms. Henley has the honor of serving as Theatre Arts Presidential Professor at LMU, Los Angeles. She is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Dramatist Guild and the Academy of Arts and Science.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/WM Photos

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