The Mad Ones' MILES FOR MARY to Make Off-Broadway Debut This Winter
After a smash run last fall, Playwrights Horizons will present MILES FOR MARY, a new play by The Mad Ones. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, MILES FOR MARY received critical acclaim during its fall 2016 run at The Bushwick Starr.
MILES FOR MARY was a New York Times Critics' Pick, where Ben Brantley called the play, "So funny and unexpectedly touching! As a depiction of earnest amateurs being creative, MILES FOR MARY provides an ideal showcase for The Mad Ones' strengths. As directed by Lila Neugebauer, fast establishing herself as one of the finest ensemble directors in New York, and with a precision-tuned six-member cast - whose performances are so indivisibly linked that it would be an injustice to single one out - the production cannily plumbs the dysfunction in group dynamics." The production was also named a Critics' Pick by Time Out New York, which gave it 5 Stars.
The entire, acclaimed original cast of MILES FOR MARY will return, featuring The Mad Ones company members Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, and Stephanie Wright Thompson, as well as Amy Staats (The Sluts of Sutton Drive at Ensemble Studio Theatre) and Stacey Yen (John at ACT).
MILES FOR MARY will begin previews Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 PM with an Opening Night set for Sunday, January 22 at 7PM. The limited engagement will play through Sunday, February 4 at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street).
It's 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School's ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the Phys Ed teachers' lounge, The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, Girls Track and Field, and the consecrated American High School.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning today, Tuesday, August 29. Single tickets, $40-65, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com and www.Facebook.com, by phone at(212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues). The performance schedule for MILES FOR MARY will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM.
MILES FOR MARY had its premiere at The Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn in 2016. This new engagement at Playwrights Horizons marks the production's Off-Broadway debut. MILES FOR MARY was developed with support from The Bushwick Starr and world premiered in their 2016-2017 season.
The Playwrights Horizons 2017/2018 Season will feature (in season order): FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY, The New York premiere of a new play by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl, directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters, featuring three-time Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant in the title role, David Chandler, Ron Crawford, two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Emery, Tony Award nominee Daniel Jenkins and Keith Reddin (now in previews); THE TREASURER, the world premiere of a Playwrights Horizons commissioned new play by Max Posner, directed by three-time Lortel Award winner David Cromer, featuring Marinda Anderson, Pun Bandhu, Tony Award winner and Olivier Award nominee Deanna Dunagan and Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Peter Friedman (previews begin September 6); MANKIND, the world premiere of a Playwrights Horizons commissioned new play written and directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (December 2017); THIS FLAT EARTH, the world premiere of a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman (March 2018);DANCE NATION, the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Clare Barron, directed by Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans (April 2018); and LOG CABIN, the world premiere of a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist JorDan Harrison, directed by Tony and Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon (June 2018).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Marc Bovino (Ken Wyckoff, Writer/co-Artistic Director). Playwrights debut. With The Mad Ones: Miles for Mary (The Bushwick Starr), The Essential Straight & Narrow (New Ohio Theatre),Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio Theatre, The Brick, Ars Nova), The Tremendous Tremendous (The Brick), and Inspector Pennywhistle and the Nefarious Case of the Sweet Shop Murder (Clubbed Thumb, SummerWorks Hot Dish). New York: Be The Death of Me (The Civilians, Irondale Center) Trade Practices, Lush Valley, Rus(h) (HERE). Regional: A Christmas Carol, Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Uncle Sam's Satiric Spectacular (Humana Festival), A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage).
Joe Curnutte (Rod Dietrich, Writer/co-Artistic Director). Playwrights debut. With The Mad Ones: Miles for Mary (The Bushwick Starr), The Essential Straight & Narrow (The New Ohio), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio Theatre, The Brick, Ars Nova), The Tremendous Tremendous (The Brick), and Inspector Pennywhistle and the Nefarious Case of the Sweet Shop Murder (Clubbed Thumb, SummerWorks Hot Dish). Also a writer/actor of Unnatural Acts: Harvard's Secret Court of 1920 (CSC, multiple Drama Desk nominee). Regional: Two Men of Florence (Huntington), Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville). TV: The Get Down (Netflix), American Odyssey (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS), The Story of Vice (NatGeo), I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV), As the World Turns (CBS), All My Children (ABC). Featured in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V.
Michael Dalto (David Eagan, Writer/Associate Director). Playwrights debut. With The Mad Ones: The Essential Straight & Narrow (The New Ohio Theatre) Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio Theatre, The Brick, Ars Nova), The Tremendous Tremendous (The Brick). Regional: Pride and Prejudice and Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Brink! (Humana Festival 2009), Man of La Mancha and A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Co.), Lemony Snickett's The Composer is Dead (Virginia Symphony Orchestra). BA in Religious Studies, Rollins College; previously a member of the 2008/09 Apprentice Co. of Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Lila Neugebauer (Director/Writer/Co-Artistic Director). Playwrights debut. Obie, Drama Desk, and Princess Grace Award winner. Recent directing: Annie Baker's The Antipodes; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Everybody; Albee's The Sandbox, Fornes' Drowning, and Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro (as an evening, Signature Plays); A.R. Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn (all at Signature Theatre); Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves (The Playwrights Realm, NY Stage & Film, and upcoming at Lincoln Center); Abe Koogler's Kill Floor (LCT3); Mike Bartlett's An Intervention (Williamstown); Amy Herzog's After The Revolution, 4000 Miles (Baltimore Center Stage); Zoe Kazan's Trudy and Max in Love, Eliza Clark's Future Thinking (South Coast Rep); Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo (Studio Theatre); Dan LeFranc's Troublemaker (Berkeley Rep); Partners, O Guru Guru Guru (Humana Festival); Annie Baker's The Aliens (SF Playhouse, Studio Theatre). With The Mad Ones: Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War, The Essential Straight and Narrow, and Inspector Pennywhistle. Upcoming: Zoe Kazan's After The Blast (LCT3), Albee's At Home at the Zoo (Signature Theatre), Lily Thorne's Peace For Mary Frances (The New Group), and Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlowe (Second Stage).
Amy Staats (Brenda Zadakian). Playwrights debut. Select plays include Eddie and Dave (developed at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor and SPACE On Ryder Farm with Margot Bordelon and Megan Hill), Hands (Naked Angel's First Mondays), and Throws of Love (Samuel French Festival, winner). As an actor, favorite productions include The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play (Dodo Theater Collective) and Trevor (Lesser America). Select writing awards include: Atlantic Theater Launch Commission: 2016-2017, Best Script, LA Comedy Shorts. She is a founding member of Dodo Theater Collective and is thrilled to be working with The Mad Ones.
Stephanie Wright Thompson (Sandra Bulkman, Writer/co-Artistic Director). Playwrights debut. The Mad Ones: Miles for Mary, The Essential Straight & Narrow, Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War, The Tremendous Tremendous. Other credits: The Messenger (Clubbed Thumb), The Subtle Body (59E59), The Hatmaker's Wife (Playwrights Realm), Mission Drift (The TEAM), Habit (PS122), The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight (EST), 1Rove (The Bushwick Starr), Tigers Be Still (Partly Cloudy People), Have You Seen Steve Steven? (13P), Michael and Edie(Greenpoint Division). Regional: Six Years and Neon Mirage (Humana Festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Actors Theatre of Louisville), tempOdyssey (New Jersey Repertory Theater).
Stacey Yen (Julie Wyckoff-Barnes). Playwrights debut. Recently performed in Annie Baker's John at ACT, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, and Miles for Mary with The Mad Ones at the Bushwick Starr. In NYC, she has appeared in new work for Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, Fault Line Theatre, The Play Company, The Public Theater, Slant Theatre Company, and Under the Radar Festival. Regional highlights include the world premiere of A Confederacy of Dunces at the Huntington Theater Company with Nick Offerman and Mary Zimmerman's Arabian Nights at Berkeley Rep, Lookingglass Theater, and Arena Stage. Regionally, she has worked at the Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. Internationally she has performed at the Kings Theater (Scotland) and The Esplanade (Singapore). TV: Elementary, Madame Secretary, Treme, The Blacklist, High Maintenance, Gossip Girl, Unforgettable, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, CSI:NY among others. Education: Brown University, NYU Grad Acting.
The Mad Ones. Founded in 2009, The Mad Ones are a New York City-based company dedicated to creating visceral, ensemble-driven, highly detailed theatrical experiences that examine and illuminate American nostalgia. We devise plays through the ongoing collaboration of performers/writers, designers, and director, with each artist playing an essential role in a piece's creation from the inception. Our productions appropriate popular American genres, playfully re-imagine world history, and incorporate live music in service of a delicately woven, wholly articulated, character-driven universe. The Mad Ones are Co-Artistic Directors Marc Bovino (performer/writer), Joe Curnutte (performer/writer), Lila Neugebauer (director/writer), Stephanie Wright Thompson (performer/writer); Company Members Michael Dalto (performer/music director/marketing director), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume designer), Mike Inwood (lighting designer), Laura Jellinek (set designer), Sarah Lunnie (dramaturg), and Stowe Nelson (Sound Designer). The Mad Ones are currently the Company-in-Residence at Ars Nova.
Playwrights Horizons is dedicated to cultivating the most important American Playwrights, composers and lyricists, as well as developing and producing their bold new plays and musicals. Under Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, Playwrights builds upon its diverse and renowned body of work, counting 400 writers among its artistic roster. In addition to its onstage work each season, Playwrights' singular commitment to nurturing American theater artists guides all of the institution's multifaceted initiatives: our acclaimed New Works Lab, a robust commissioning program, an innovative curriculum at its Theater School and more. Playwrights has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including six Pulitzer Prizes, 13 Tony Awards and 39 Obie Awards. Prior artistic directors include André Bishop, Don Scardino and Robert Moss, who founded Playwrights Horizons in 1971 and oversaw its first decade, cementing the mission that continues to guide the institution today.
Notable productions include six Pulitzer Prize winners - Annie Baker's The Flick (2013 Obie Award, 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award, Best Play), Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles (1989 Tony Award, Best Play), Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George - as well as Ms. Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation (three 2010 Obie Awards including Best New American Play); Lisa D'Amour'sDetroit (2013 Obie Award, Best New American Play); Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale (2013 Lortel Award, Best Play); Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar (2012 Obie Award); JorDan Harrison'sMarjorie Prime (2015 Pulitzer finalist); Lucas Hnath's The Christians (2016 Obie Award, 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award, 2015 Kesselring Prize); Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy (two 2015 Obie Awards); Taylor Mac's Hir; Danai Gurira's Familiar; Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play; Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss and Dead Man's Cell Phone; Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn; Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal; Amy Herzog's The Great God Pan and After the Revolution; Bathsheba Doran's Kin; Adam Bock's A Life and A Small Fire; Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I; Melissa James Gibson's This (2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist); Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards); Craig Lucas's Prayer For My Enemy and Small Tragedy (2004 Obie Award, Best American Play); Adam Rapp's Kindness; Lynn Nottage's Fabulation (2005 Obie Award for Playwriting); Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero; David Greenspan's She Stoops to Comedy (2003 Obie Award); Kirsten Childs's The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000 Obie Award); Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey's James Joyce's The Dead (2000 Tony Award, Best Book); Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins; William Finn's March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland; Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacationand Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You; Richard Nelson's Goodnight Children Everywhere; Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on This Island; Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire; Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room; A.R. Gurney's Later Life; Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins; and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet.