Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Lincoln Center Theater's ADMISSIONS, By Joshua Harmon
Rehearsals are currently underway for Lincoln Center Theater's production of ADMISSIONS, a new play by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin. ADMISSIONS will begin previews Thursday, February 15 and open on Monday, March 12 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).
The cast features Ben Edelman, Andrew Garman, Jessica Hecht, Ann McDonough, and Sally Murphy.
In ADMISSIONS, Sherri Rosen-Mason (to be played by Jessica Hecht) is head of the admissionsdepartment at The Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband (Andrew Garman), the school's Headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son (Ben Edelman) sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results. ADMISSIONS is a new play that explodes the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America.
ADMISSIONS will have sets by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting by Mark Barton, and sound by Ryan Rumery.
Joshua Harmon's play Bad Jews received its world premiere at Roundabout Underground, transferred to the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre, and has since become one of the most produced plays in the United States. International productions include Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, South Africa, and London's West End, following sell-out runs at Theatre Royal Bath and the St. James. Other plays include Significant Other, which had its world premiere at Roundabout and opened on Broadway in Spring 2017, and Ivanka, which had readings at theatres across the country on Election Eve 2016. Joshua's new play Skintight will also premiere this season at Roundabout. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, and has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and NNPN.
Daniel Aukin returns to Lincoln Center Theater where he directed the LCT3 and Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater productions of Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles. His recent work includes the acclaimed Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, Dan LeFranc's Rancho Viejo, Abe Koogler's Fulfillment Center, Melissa James Gibson's Placebo, a musical version of the Jonathan Lethem novel The Fortress of Solitude, Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, Melissa James Gibson's What Rhymes With America, Sam Shepard's Heartless, Marius von Mayenburg's The Ugly One, Itamar Moses' Back Back Back, Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, and Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine. As artistic director of Soho Rep (1998-2006) his premieres of new work included Mark Schultz's Everything Will Be Different, Melissa James Gibson's Suitcase and [sic], Mac Wellman's Cat's Paw, Quincy Long's The Year of the Baby, and Maria Irene Fornes' Molly's Dream.
LCT's upcoming 2018 productions include the classic Lerner & Loewe musical My Fair Lady, directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning performances Thursday, March 15 in the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the LCT3 productions of queens, a new play by Martyna Majok, directed by Danya Taymor, beginning performancesSaturday, February 10, and Pass Over, a new play by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor, beginning performances Saturday, June 2, in the Claire Tow Theater.
ADMISSIONS is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. New American plays at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater are generously supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Mitzi E. Newhouse season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
BEN EDELMAN LCT debut. Broadway: Significant Other (also Roundabout). Other theater includes Angels in America (Throughline Theatre Company); and Three Sisters, Trojan Women: A Love Story, The Idiot Box (CMU). Film includes Dot (Cannes Film Festival), Milkman, This Vinyl Crap, (En)listless, Samantha Mooney and Drifting Blues. TV: "Instinct," "BrainDead," "The Good Wife." Education: BFA Acting, Carnegie Mellon University.
ANDREW GARMAN LCT debut. Broadway: Salome. Off-Broadway includes The Moors; The Christians (Playwrights Horizons); Burning(The New Group); Whore, Hamlet, Cymbeline (The Public); The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions); and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Bald Soprano (La Mamma). Other theater includes The Glory of the World (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Rothschild's Fiddle, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice (A.R.T) and The Winter's Tale (South Carolina Shakespeare Festival). Film: Simple Revenge, Wilderness, Groomed, Celamy, Ode to Elaina. TV: "Madam Secretary," "Mercy," "Law & Order," "Conviction," "All My Children," "Six Degrees."
JESSICA HECHT LCT: The House in Town. Broadway: The Price, Fiddler on the Roof, The Assembled Parties (Lilly Award), Harvey, A View From the Bridge (Tony, Drama League nominations), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Bound, Julius Caesar, After the Fall, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Off-Broadway includes King Lear (Shakespeare in the Park); Stage Kiss (Outer Critics Circle nom.; Playwrights Horizons); The Three Sisters, Stop Kiss (Drama League noms.); Flesh and Blood (NYTW); and Williamstown Theatre Festival (eleven seasons). Film includes Anesthesia, J. Edgar, Dan in Real Life, Starting Out in the Evening, Sideways and The Grey Zone. TV includes "Red Oaks," "Breaking Bad," "Jessica Jones," "Bored to Death" and "Friends."
ANN MCDONOUGH LCT: Dinner at Eight, Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Other New York Theater includes New York Actor, All For You (EST); Mastergate; Room Service (Roundabout); Fighting International Fat, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (Playwrights Horizons); What I Did Last Summer (Circle Rep.); and Trelawny of the Wells (NY Shakespeare Festival). Regional includes Time of My Life (Pittsburg Public Theater); Our Town, Absurd Person Singular (Long Wharf); Misalliance (Portland Stage); Love Letters; Scenes From an American Life; andA Midsummer Night's Dream. Film: Six Degrees of Separation, For Love or Money, Lorenzo's Oil, Deceived, Men Don't Leave, Moonstruck, Little Sister, Off Beat. TV includes "The Good Wife," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Equalizer" and "Uncommon Women and Others."
SALLY MURPHY LCT: Bernarda Alba, A Man of No Importance, Carousel. Broadway: August: Osage County; Fiddler on the Roof;Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party; The Grapes of Wrath. Off-Broadway: Angel Reapers (Signature), The Threepenny Opera (Lortel nomination; Atlantic), Richard Nelson's The Apple Family Plays (The Public), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (City Center's Encores!), Brutal Imagination (Vineyard). Regional includes Time Stands Still, Sex with Strangers, August: Osage County (Steppenwolf); The Lover, Bacchanalia (Bay Street Theatre); and My Fair Lady (Signature). Film includes Pollock, Charming Billy, Fearless and Prelude to a Kiss. TV includes "If These Walls Could Talk," "Bedtime," "Victim of Love," "Dead by Sunset" and "Flying Blind."