Tony Winner Adriane Lenox Leads MTC's Regrets this Spring; Carolyn Cantor Helms

By: Dec. 02, 2011
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Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox will return to MTC this spring in REGRETS, the new play by Matt Charman. This world premiere production will be directed by Carolyn Cantor (After The Revolution, for which she recently received the Callaway award, and Pumpgirl). REGRETS will now begin previews Thursday, March 8, 2012 and open Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I.

Adriane Lenox returns to MTC after her critically acclaimed performance in Doubt which premiered at MTC's Off-Broadway home at City Center, transferred to Broadway, and subsequently won the Tony and Pulitzer Prize for Drama. For her performance as 'Mrs. Muller,' Lenox received Tony, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel awards. In REGRETS, Lenox will play 'Mrs. Duke,' the owner of a Nevada retreat.

Carolyn Cantor previously directed MTC's critically acclaimed production of Pumpgirl. Her recent directing credits include Amy Herzog's After the Revolution for which she recently received a Callaway Award. Anna Kerrigan's The Talls, Adam Rapp's Essential Self Defense, and Craig Wright's Orange Flower Water.

Matt Charman, Britain's fastest-rising young playwright, makes his New York debut at MTC with this world-premiere play. Caleb Farley is the youngest man ever to show up at Mrs. Duke's cabins (Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox), a ramshackle retreat in the Nevada desert and one of the few places men can go to secure a quick divorce in 1950s America. Caleb claims he fled his Hollywood home for the same reason as the other men in camp – to shed the lives and wives they've known, and loved, to begin anew. But in an era of heightened fears and political distrust, accusations that Caleb is hiding more than just a broken heart test each man's loyalty – to country and to one another. This fascinating new drama is an uncommon tale of friendship, loss and finding the courage of one's convictions.

Additional cast, creative team members, and listings information for REGRETS will be announced in the coming weeks.

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 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. 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). Since January 2011, Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) has taken the lead in programming and execution at MTC's Off-Broadway home. Renowned MTC productions include Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; 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; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'

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Tickets for REGRETS are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and Tickets for REGRETS are $80.

Matt Charman (Playwright). Charman's first play, A Night at the Dogs (at Soho Theatre, London), won the prestigious Verity Bargate Award for new writers. Other productions include The Observer, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, and The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, which both premiered at The National Theatre of Great Britain. Charman was previously Pearson Writer in Residence at The National Theatre and is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Award. The Observer won the 2008 Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play. Charman is currently writing two screenplays for Universal/Working Title Film as well as an original drama series for the BBC.

Carolyn Cantor (Director) New York: The Talls (Second Stage), After the Revolution (Playwrights Horizons) Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), In A Dark Dark House (MCC Theater), Something You Did (Primary Stages), Essential Self Defense (Playwrights Horizons), Orange Flower Water (Time Out NY Ten Best of the Year), Now That's What I Call A Storm, Living Room in Africa, Stone Cold Dead Serious (NY Times 10 Best of the Year) and Life is a Dream (Edge Theater), EVE-olution (Cherry Lane), and Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF). Regional: The Violet Hour (Old Globe), Rabbit Hole (Geffen Garland Award), Diary of Anne Frank (Papermill), Not Waving and King Stag (both Williamstown Theatre Festival), Vera Laughed and Get What You Need (both NYS&F), After Ashley and Finer Noble Gases (both Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference) and Nocturne (Ojai Playwrights Conference). Film/TV: "The Green Room" (Bravo) and "Bravo Profiles: Roger Ebert." Carolyn has received the Garson Kanin-Marion Seldes Award from the American Theatre Wing, both the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Fellowships from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. She is the founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Edge Theater and a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Adriane Lenox (Mrs. Duke) returns to MTC after having created the role of Mrs. Muller in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt for which she received the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. She was most recently seen in the long-running Off-Broadway hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Her other Broadway credits include: Caroline, or Change; Kiss Me, Kate; How to Succeed…; Dreamgirls; Ain't Misbehavin'. Off-Broadway: Miss Evers' Boys, Dinah Was (Obie Award, AUDELCO), Cavedweller. Regional: Blithe Spirit, The Color Purple (premiere), On the Town (Helen Hayes Award). Film: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Blind Side, Black Snake Moan, My Blueberry Nights, Where God Left His Shoes, Preachin' to the Choir. TV: "Damages," "30 Rock," "Detroit 187," "Lipstick Jungle," "Griffin & Phoenix," "Third Watch," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order," and "Shark."

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