LCT3's GRACELAND Begins Preview Performances 5/3 At The Duke of 42 St.

Previews begin Monday, May 3, for the LCT3 production of GRACELAND, a new play by Ellen Fairey, at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street® project, (229 W. 42 Street). Marin Hinkle, David Gelles Hurwitz, Brian Kerwin, Polly Lee and Matt McGrath are featured in the play which is directed by Henry Wishcamper. This New York premiere will open Monday, May 17 and run through Saturday, May 29. LCT3 is Lincoln Center Theater's programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists and developing new audiences.

GRACELAND is a comedic drama about two estranged siblings (Marin Hinkle and Matt McGrath) who are reunited when they try to make sense of their father's recent suicide.

The production has sets by Robin Vest, costumes by Anne Kenney, lighting by Matthew Richards and sound by Bart Fasbender.

Playwright Ellen Fairey is making her New York playwrighting debut with GRACELAND. Her first play, Girl 20 was named one of the 10 Best Plays of 2006 by Chicago Tribune theatre critic Chris Jones and was nominated for two LA Weekly theatre awards. GRACELAND premiered earlier this earlier this year at Chicago's Profiles Theatre.

Director Henry Wishcamper directed Conor McPherson's Port Authority at the Atlantic Theater Company and The Seafarer at Hartford TheaterWorks, Horton Foote's Talking Pictures at the Goodman Theatre and the NY premiere of Jane Martin's Flags at 59E59ST.

Citing the need to develop strong relationships with new artists and to develop a new audience, Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Artistic Director Andre Bishop and Executive Producer, Bernard Gersten) created LCT3 to offer new artists fully staged productions. Paige Evans is the Director of LCT3. LCT has just begun construction of a new theater, rehearsal and office space complex on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The 131 seat theater, to be named the Claire Tow Theater, is scheduled to open in 2012 and will be the home of LCT3.

Tickets to GRACELAND, priced at $20, are available at The Duke on 42nd Street Box Office, by visiting Dukeon42.org or by calling 646.223.3010. For additional information on LCT3 please visit www.lct3.org.

Lincoln Center Theater is currently celebrating its 25th year with a season of new work. LCT presented the New York and world premieres of Nathan Louis Jackson's Broke-ology, directed by Thomas Kail, Sarah Ruhl's In The Next Room or the vibrator play, directed by Les Waters, When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, directed by David Cromer, and the LCT3 production of Ann Marie Healy's What Once We Felt, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. In addition to GRACELAND, LCT's upcoming productions include the world premieres of The Grand Manner by A.R. Gurney, directed by Mark Lamos beginning Tuesday, June 1 at the Newhouse and LCT3's On The Levee, a play with music, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, play by Marcus Gardley and music and lyrics by Todd Almond beginning Monday, June 14 at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Marin Hinkle Broadway: Electra, A Thousand Clowns, The Tempest. Off-Broadway: Miss Julie, Romeo and Juliet, Blue Window, The Dybbuk. TV: Two and a Half Men, Once and Again, Without A Trace, House, e.r., Brothers and Sisters, Private Practice, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU. Film: Friends With Money, I Am Sam.

DAVID GELLES HURWITZ OFF-BROADWAY: Close Ties(Ensemble Studio Theatre), Edgewise (Cherry Lane Theatre). TV: Mercy, Legally Blonde (MTV).

Brian Kerwin LCT: The Little Foxes. Broadway: August: Osage County, After the Night and the Music, OFF-BROADWAY: Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Emily. Film: Torch Song Trilogy, Jack. TV: Big Love, The West Wing, Monk, Nip/Tuck, One Life To Live.

Polly Lee OFF-BROADWAY: productions at HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The New Group, Cherry Lane Theatre and the New York Fringe Festival (winner of the '03 Fringe Festival Overall Achievement Award). REGIONAL THEATER: credits include productions at the Studio Arena Theatre, The Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis, Wilma Theatre and the McCarter Theatre.

Matt McGrath LCT: A Fair Country. BROADWAY: Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire. OFF-BROADWAY: Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers; What Didn't Happen. Film: Full Grown Men, Boys Don't Cry, Bob Robert, Desperate Hours. TV: Little Britain USA; Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Frasier; Chicago Hope.

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