Michael McKean Returns to OUR TOWN, Plays Final Performance 8/22

By: Aug. 22, 2010
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After a successful engagement earlier this summer, and by popular demand, producers Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter welcome back to Grover's Corner Academy Award-nominee Michael McKean who rejoins the cast of David Cromer's critically acclaimed record breaking production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town for three-weeks in the role of ‘The Stage Manager,' August 3rd through August 22nd at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street). It was recently announced, Our Town will give its final performance Sunday evening, September 12th at 7:30p.m.

"McKean plays the Stage Manager role with just the right balance of godly omnipotence (he serves as narrator during the night) and subdued interlocution," stated John Soltes at The Leader. Mr. McKean follows Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt, who gave her final performance on Sunday, August 1st.

Mr. McKean will be followed by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner David Cromer, who originated the role in this production, on August 24th for the critically-acclaimed play's finAl Weeks. Scott Parkinson, who appeared in the role last summer, will play matinee performances on August 28th & 29th and September 4th & 5th.

The iconic ‘Stage Manager' role in this production of Our Town has been performed by seven actors, including Mr. Cromer, Mr. Parkinson, Jason Butler Harner, Stephen Kunken, Michael Shannon, Mr. McKean and Ms. Hunt.

David Cromer's award-winning staging of Wilder's play began performances on February 17, 2009, with an official opening night on February 26, 2009 where it received rave reviews at the downtown venue. Our Town went on to win the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction and Obie Award for Outstanding Director. This current staging of Our Town entered its second year on February 26th and became the longest-running production of the play in its 72-year history with its record-breaking 337th performance on December 16, 2009.

The current cast of Our Town includes (in alphabetical order) Elizabeth Audley as Mrs. Soames, Jeremy Beiler as Simon Stimson, Robert Beitzel as Howie Newsome, Kati Brazda as Mrs. Webb, Will Brill as Joe Crowell, Jr, Nathan Dame as Sam Craig, Roger E. DeWitt as Joe Stoddard, Ann Dowd as Mrs. Gibbs, Emma Galvin as Rebecca Gibbs, Jennifer Grace as Emily Webb, Mark Hattan as Constable Warren, Noah E. Galvin as Wally Webb, David Manis as Mr. Webb, Scott Parkinson as Professor Willard, Michael McKean as the Stage Manager, James McMenamin as George Gibbs, Jeff Still as Doc Gibbs, Jason Yachanin as Si Crowell, with Dana Jacks, Lynn Laurence, Kathleen Peirce, Keith Perry and Mark Shock.

Our Town is produced by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, Ted Snowdon, Eagle Productions, Dena Hammerstein/Pam Pariseau, The Weinstein Company, and Burnt Umber Productions.

The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $69 & $49.50 and are available through SmartTix (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com, or at the Barrow Street Theatre box office (open at 1 p.m. daily). Student tickets at $20 are available on the day of performance only at the box office.

Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village. Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


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