Shanley's Defiance Added to MTC '05-'06 Line-Up

Manhattan Theatre Club has added John Patrick Shanley's new play Defiance to its 2005-2006 season; it will open on February 28th, 2006 on Stage I at New York's City Center after beginning previews on February 9th.

Directed by Doug Hughes (who collaborated with Shanley on the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt),
Defiance "is set on a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina in 1971. Two officers, one black and one white, are on a collision course over race, women, and the high cost of doing the right thing. The play is about power, love and responsibility – who has it, who wants it, and who deserves it," state production notes. Chris Cooper, Dana Delany and Ruben Santiago-Hudson headlined a workshop production at Vassar that ran from July 29th through July 31st.

Shanley is the recipient of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony, Drama Desk, and Obie Awards for his play Doubt. Other full-length plays include Psychopathia Sexualis, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Big Funk, Women of Manhattan, Savage in Limbo, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and Welcome to the Moon. His script for Moonstruck won both the Writers Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He made his debut as a feature film director with his script Joe Versus the Volcano, and also wrote the screen adaptations of both Alive and Congo.

"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. Renowned MTC productions include Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Yellowman; Kimberly Akimbo; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin'. In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway's landmark long neglected Biltmore Theatre, following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign."


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