Page, Esper and Siberry Among Actors Joining Langella In 'A Man for All Seasons'

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Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full company joining 3-Time Tony Award® Winner Frank Langella as "Sir Thomas More" in a new Broadway production of Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, directed by Tony Award Winner Doug Hughes.  

The cast will include Hannah Cabell (Margaret More), Michael Esper (William Roper), Zach Grenier (Thomas Cromwell), Dakin Matthews (Cardinal Wolsey), George Morfogen (Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop), Patrick Page (King Henry VIII), Maryann Plunkett (Alice More), Michael Siberry (Duke of Norfolk), Jeremy Strong (Richard Rich), Charles Borland (Jailor), Peter Bradbury (Steward), Patricia Hodges (Woman), Triney Sandoval (Thomas Chapuys) and Emily Dorsch.

The design team will include Santo Loquasto (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), David Lander (lights),

David Van Tieghem (original music & sound) and Tom Watson (hair & wigs).

A Man for All Seasons will begin previews on Friday, September 12th, 2008 and open officially on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement through December 7th, 2008.

A Man for All Seasons is a timeless exploration of politics, religion and power. Robert Bolt's classic drama is based on the fascinating true story of English Chancellor Sir Thomas More and his moral objection to King Henry VIII's plan to leave the Catholic Church.  
 
 Frank Langella returns to Broadway following his Tony winning role in Frost/Nixon in 2007. Langella returns to Roundabout Theatre Company following the 1997 Off-Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac in which he starred, directed and adapted the book. Other Roundabout productions include The Father (1996) and The Tempest (1989). Doug Hughes is a Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company where he recently directed Patrick Marber's Howard Katz, Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet, Richard Greenberg's comedy A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter and Stephen Belber's McReele.  Hughes earned the 2005 Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Direction of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt.   

A Man for All Seasons premiered on Broadway in 1961 and won the Tony Award for Best Play. In 1966, the play was made into a feature film and went on to win six Oscars.  This production marks the play's first Broadway revival!
 
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines theatre box office (227 West 42 Street).

A Man for All Seasons will play a limited engagement. Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first preview performance (September 12th) for only $10 each.   
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

A Man for All Seasons will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.   
 
Frank Langella (Sir Thomas More). Broadway: Peter Morgan's Frost Nixon, Belber's Match, Turgenev's Fortune's Fool, Strindberg's The Father, Coward's Present Laughter, Schaffer's Amadeus, Rabe's Hurlyburly, Nichols' Passion, Albee's Seascape, Coward's Design for Living, Marowitz's Sherlock's Last Case, Hamilton-Dean's Dracula, Gibson's A Cry of Players, Lorca's Yerma.  Off-Broadway: Rostand's Cyrano, Miller's After the Fall, Lowell's The Old Glory: Benito Cereno, Webster's The White Devil, Von Kliest's The Prince of Homburg, Gide's The Immoralist, Pendleton's Booth, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and A Christmas Carol (Menken/Ahrens). Films: Good Night, and Good Luck; Superman Returns; Starting Out in the Evening (2007); Lolita; Dave; The Ninth Gate; Dracula; 1492; The Conquest of Paradise; Those Lips, Those Eyes; I'm Losing You; Diary of a Mad Housewife; The Twelve Chairs; The House of D; Back in the Day.  Directors include George C. Scott, Arthur Penn, Roman Polanski, Adrian Lyne, Sir Peter Hall, Mike Nichols, Susan Stroman, Ivan Reitman, Ridley Scott, George Clooney, Bryan Singer, Denys Arcand, and Mel Brooks. Upcoming film:  Frost/Nixon directed by Ron Howard released by Universal in December, The Box directed by Richard Kelly and All Good Things directed by Andrew Jarecki.  Television: PBS' "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" and Chekhov's "The Seagull," ABC's "The Beast," HBO's "The Doomsday Gun", Vonnegut's "Monkey House" for Showtime and HBO's "Unscripted" executive produced by George Clooney. Honors: Induction into the 2003 Theatre Hall of Fame, three Tonys, six Drama Desks, three Obies, three Outer Critics Circles, the Drama League, the National Society of Film Critics, the Cable Ace Award, as well as Golden Globe, Emmy and Olivier nominations, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and the Boston Film Critics Award . Several dozen roles in America's leading regional theatres include Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon, Whiting's The Devils, Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, Shepard's The Tooth of Crime and Barker's Scenes from an Execution.
 
 Hannah Cabell (Margaret More).  Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), Jane Eyre (The Acting Company), and Millicent Scowlworthy (SPF); other New York credits include Gentleman Caller (Clubbed Thumb), Mark Smith (13P), and Uncivil Wars (Pickup Performance Company). Regional: Dial M for Murder (Barnstormers Theatre); Sedition and Mary's Wedding (Westport Country Playhouse). Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting.

Michael Esper (William Roper). Recently in Itamar Moses' The Four of Us (MTC)and Edward Albee's Me Myself and I (McCarter). NY: Crazy Mary and Manic Flight Reaction (Playwrights Horizons), subUrbia (Second Stage), The Agony and the Agony (Vineyard), As You Like It (NYSF/Public Theater), Big Bill (Lincoln Center), Gone Missing (Zipper), Moon Bath Girl (EST). Regional: Long Day's Journey Into Night (dir. Garry Hines, Gaeity Theatre, Dublin), Blur (Dallas Theater Center), American Buffalo (Two River), Henry Flamethrowa (Trinity Rep), Drawer Boy (Penguin Rep.). Film: Bittersweet Place (dir. Alexandra Brodsky), Loggerheads (dir. Tim Kirkman), Light and the Sufferer (dir. Chris Peditto). Michael attended the B.F.A. program at Rutgers University. Associate Artist of The Civilians. AEA member.

Zach Grenier (Thomas Cromwell).  Broadway:  Voices in the Dark.  Theatre includes: Tartuffe (McCarter & Yale Rep), Stuff Happens (NYSF, Drama Desk & Drama League Awards for Outstanding Ensemble), Art (Royal George Theatre, Chicago, Jefferson Award nominee), A Question of Mercy (NY Theatre Workshop, Drama League Award), Uncle Vanya (Yale Rep).  Film: Fantastic Four: Rise of Silver Surfer, Zodiac, Rescue Dawn, Pulse, Swordfish, Fight Club and more.  TV: "CSI" (all 3), "Cold Case", "Numbers", "The Nine" (recurring), "Deadwood" (recurring), "24" (recurring), "Medium" and more.

Dakin Matthews (Cardinal Wolsey).  Broadway: Shakespeare's Henry IV (Bayfield Award for acting, Drama Desk Award for adaptation).  Off-Broadway: Freedomland (Playwrights Horizons), The School For Scandal, The Hostage, The Lower Depths, and Women Beware Women (Acting Company).  Recent Regional: Shadowlands (LADCC Award), Hitchcock Blonde, Hamlet, and Major Barbara (OC Weekly Award) for South Coast Rep; The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Romeo and Juliet, and Water & Power with Culture Clash (Ovation and LADCC Awards) for Center Theatre Group; The Prince of L.A., Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Old Globe Theatre; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dallas Theater Center); Hamlet (The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C).; and the title role in King Lear (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre).  Film: over twenty films, including The Fighting Temptations, The Muse, The Siege, And the Band Played On, Clean and Sober.  TV: over 200 shows including recurring roles on The King of Queens, Gilmore Girls, Desperate Housewives & Huff. Also former artistic director of California Actors Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and The Antaeus Company, an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theatre, a director, a dramaturge, an award-winning playwright and translator, a Shakespeare scholar, and an Emeritus Professor of English (Cal State, East Bay).

George Morfogen (Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop).  Broadway: Fortune's Fool, An Inspector Calls, Arms and the Man, John Gabriel Brokman, Kingdom.  Off-Broadway includes:  Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Delacotre), The Madras House (Mint), Richard II (Classic Stage, Bayfield Award), Heartbreak House (Pearl), Othello (Public), Uncle Bob (Soho Playhouse) and more.  TV: "The Jury", "Oz", "Law and Order" and more.

Patrick Page (King Henry VIII). Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Grinch), The Lion King (Scar), The Kentucky Cycle, Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge—standby for Roger Daltry). Off-Broadway: Rex (title role), Richard II (NYSF). Regional: Leading roles at Long Wharf (Sergius), Oregon Shakespeare (Marc Antony, Autolycus, Brazen, etc.), Pioneer Theatre Co. (Cyrano, Richard III, Henry V), Alabama Shakespeare (Richard II),  Utah Shakespeare (Iago, Brutus, Armado, Jaques, Richard III, etc.), Indiana rep (Hamlet), Missouri Rep (Mercutio), Arizona Theatre Co. (Dracula), as well as Seattle Rep, ACT, Cincinnati Rep, and many others. Patrick is recipient of the Princess Grace Award, The Joseph Jefferson Award and the Utah Governor's Medal for the Arts.

Maryann Plunkett (Alice More).  Broadway: Saint Joan, The Seagull, Little Hotel on the Side, The Crucible, Me and My Girl (Tony Award), Sunday in the Park with George, Agnes of God.  Off-Broadway: Rodney's Wife (Playwrights Horizons), Aristocrats (MTC).  National Tour: Agnes of God, Great Expectations.  Regional includes: Rodney's Wife (World premiere at Williamstown), Park Your Car in Harvard Yard (Westport & Harvard), Jane Eyre (Geva), The Crucible (Long Wharf), Saint Joan (Huntington).  Film:  The Squid and the Whale, Center Stage, Fools Rush in and more.  TV:  guest leads on "Law and Order", "Star Trek", "LA Law", "Murder She Wrote" and more.

Michael Siberry (Duke of Norfolk).  Broadway credits include Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice with Dustin Hoffman and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music opposite Rebecca Luker. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael performed such roles as Parrolles in All's Well That Ends Well, Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby, which toured to Los Angeles and Broadway. London credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Giles in Alan Ayckbourne's House & Garden at The National Theatre of Great Britain. He has recently starred in the American National tour of Spamalot. Also Peter Hall's As You Like It (Theatre Royal, Bath and BAM), Candida (McCarter Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (McCarter Theatre and LaJolla Playhouse). Film and TVcredits include: Silent Witness, The Grand, Jeeves and Wooster, Under the Hammer and Victoria & Albert. Graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

Jeremy Strong (Richard Rich).  Theatre: David Ives' New Jerusalem (CSC / Walter Bobbie Dir.); Richard Nelson's Conversations in Tusculum (Public Theater, Richard Nelson Dir.); Richard Nelson's Frank's Home (Playwrights Horizons & Goodman / Robert Falls Dir.);  John Patrick Shanley's Defiance (MTC/ Doug Hughes Dir.); A Matter of Choice (John Gould Rubin Dir.); Conor McPherson's Rum and Vodka (The Belt); Harold Pinter's The Dwarfs, JT Roger's White People (Williamstown Non-Eq); Fuddy Meers (Steppenwolf School); Look Back in Anger, American Buffalo, Marat/Sade,  The Indian Wants the Bronx (Yale); Richard III (RADA). Film: M Night Shyamalan's The Happening / 20th Century Fox; starring in upcoming independent Humboldt County. Training: Williamstown Act One, Steppenwolf School, RADA Shakespeare Intensive. BA in English from Yale University.

Charles Borland (Jailor).  Roundabout Broadway: Twelve Angry Men (National Tour), A Streetcar Named Desire, Roundabout Off-Broadway: A Shot In The Dark, MITF; Missing Celia Rose, SPF; Deathvariations, 59E59; Lascivious Something, Cherry Lane; Dirty Story, LAByrinth; Out of Sterno, Cherry Lane. Regional: Hamlet, Long Wharf; The Merchant of Venice, Portland Center Stage; Smash, The Old Globe. Television: "New Amsterdam," "Numb3rs", "Law & Order: CI", "Jonny Zero," "Whoopi," "Third Watch," "Ed," "Hack," "All My Children," "Guiding Light," "As The World Turns," "One Life To Live." Film: Honored, Into The Fire. Training: The Juilliard School; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Peter Bradbury (Steward).  Broadway:  The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Herbal Bed.  Roundabout:   The Overwhelming.  Off-Broadway: Back From the Front (The Working Theater), Bulrusher (Urban Stages), Snakebit (Century Theater), Passion Play (Minetta Lane Theater), Surviving Grace (Union Square Theater), A Late Supper (Maverick Theater).  Regional:  Pittsburgh Public, Cleveland Playhouse, Alliance Theater, Rep. Theater of St. Louis, Berkeley Rep., Coconut Grove Playhouse, Walnut St. Theater and American Conservatory Theater among many others.  Television: "Sally Hemings" (CBS miniseries), "Law and Order" (NBC) "Law and Order Criminal Intent" (NBC), "Rescue Me" (FX), "Another World" (NBC), "Guiding Light" (CBS), "One Life to Live" (ABC), "As the World Turns" (CBS) "All My Children" (ABC).   

Patricia HodgeS (Woman).  Broadway:  Design for Living and Lion in Winter (Roundabout), The Best Man, Dancing at Lughnasa, Sisters Rosensweig, Six Degrees of Separation.  Off-Broadway: Woman Before Glass (standby for Mercedes Ruehl), Rose's Dilemma (MTC), Communication Doors (Variety Arts), On the Verge (Acting Company), The Normal Heart (NYSF).  National Tour: Carousel.  Regional includes: Night of the Iguana (ACT, Seattle and Guthrie), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Pittsburgh Public), 3 Tall Women (Center Stage), The Seagull (Dallas Theater Center), Black Forest (Long Wharf) and more.  TV/Film: "Law & Order", "Cagney and Lacey", "Another World", Heaven's Gate.   

Triney Sandoval (Thomas Chapuys).  Broadway: Frost/Nixon. New York: Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue; As You Like It; The Idiot. Regional: Baltimore Center Stage, Yale Rep, Oregon Shakes, The Alliance, Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Alabama Shakes, Virginia Stage, San Jose Rep, among others. Over 35 productions of Shakespeare. TV: "The Sopranos," "One Life to Live," "All My Children," recurring role on "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU."

Emily Dorsch.  Yale: Richard III, Three Sisters, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Venus, Balm in Gilead, Fill Our Mouths, The Lacy Project and more.  Regional: Alls Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep), Self-Accusation & Baal (Yale Summer Cabaret), Wuthering Heights & The Human Comedy (Wayside, VA), Man of La Mancha (Show Palace, FL).  MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Robert Bolt (Playwright). Robert Oxton Bolt was born in Sale in Manchester on 15 August 1924, the son of a shopkeeper. Early education at Manchester Grammar School was followed by a history degree at Manchester University. After serving in the Royal Air Force in World War II, Bolt qualified as a teacher and taught English in the prestigious private school Millfield between 1950 and 1958. It was here that, in his spare time, he wrote both radio and stage plays. Many of his radio plays received an airing and he also did some producing. In 1958, encouraged by the London success of his play The Flowering Cherry, he gave up teaching to concentrate full time on his writing. In 1960 he had two plays running in London, The Tiger and the Horse and A Man for All Seasons. The eponymous role of Sir Thomas More shot actor Paul Scofield to stardom, and A Man for All Seasons proved a huge hit both in London's West End and on Broadway where in 1962 it was voted Best Foreign Play of the Year. This success attracted the attention of Hollywood, and producer Sam Spiegel approached Bolt to revise Michael Wilson's script for Lawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean, it was Bolt's first successful screenplay and he received an Academy Award nomination for it. Bold won his first Oscar for his next collaboration with Lean, Doctor Zhvivago in 1963. In 1966 his screen adaptation of A Man for All Seasons won him a second Oscar. Meanwhile, on stage, Bolt produced Gentle Jack in 1963 and a play for children, The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew at Christmas 1965. In 1970 another historical play, charting the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, Vivat! Vivat! Regina! played to full houses at the Chichester Festival and later enjoyed a long run in the West End, when it was transferred to Broadway two years later….

Robert Bolt (cont)….It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Meanwhile, Bolt wrote the screenplay for two films starring his then wife, Sarah Miles; Ryan's Daughter in 1970 and the historical costume drama Lady Caroline Lamb in 1972. Warah was both his second and fourth (last) wife; the first married in 1967, but divorced in 1976, then after a third marriage ended in divorce in 1985, Sarah and Bolt remarried in 1988. In 1972, Bold was appointed a CBE. In 1976, David Lean approached Bolt with an idea to rework the story of the infamous Bounty mutiny and, for two years, he worked on this epic project, creating two versions. Before he could complete the second, however, Bolt suffered a massive heart attack in April 1979, followed by a stroke. His one completed script was made into the film The Bounty five years later in 1981, directed by Roger Donaldson. His final film script, for The Mission, was produced in 1986. Robert Bolt died on 12 February 1995 at the age of seventy.  

Doug Hughes (Director) recently directed Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius for MTC.  He also directed John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt (2005 Tony, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards for Best Direction of a Play) and Shanley's Defiance.  Hughes is the Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company, where he has directEd Howard Katz, A Touch of the Poet, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, The Paris Letter and McReele.  Other work in New York includes Inherit The Wind at the Lyceum Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Director; Tony Award Nomination, Best Revival), The House in Town at Lincoln Center, Frozen (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel nominations) and The Grey Zone (1996 Obie Award, Direction) at MCC; Engaged at TFANA; Flesh and Blood (Callaway Award, Best Direction) at NYTW; Othello at the Public and Lake Hollywood at Signature. In May 2005, Hughes received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.   

Lead support provided by Roundabout's Play Production Fund partners: Beth and Ravenel Curry, Steven and Liz Goldstone, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Mary and David Solomon..

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country's leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today's audiences.  

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  American Express is the 2008-2009 season sponsor of the Roundabout Theatre Company.  American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  The Westin New York is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company.     

Currently playing at Roundabout is Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo, directed by Walter Bobbie.  Roundabout's sold out production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps is now playing at the Cort Theatre.

Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming 2008-2009 season will also include Rodgers & Hart's Pal Joey, starring Stockard Channing, Christian Hoff & Martha Plimpton, directed by Joe Mantello; Bob Fosse's Dancin'; David Rabe's Streamers, directed by Scott Ellis, Lisa Loomer's Distracted featuring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw and Steven Levenson's The Language of Trees, directed by Alex Timbers.  

Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men is currently booking the third year of its multi-award winning tour.  Twelve Angry Men is directed by Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis (Curtains).

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