MCC THEATER ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON
HEADLINED BY NEW WORKS FROM
ROSS GOLAN, THERESA REBECK, C.A. JOHNSON, JOCELYN BIOH, AND LUCY THURBER
AND DIRECTORS THOMAS KAIL, MORITZ VON STUELPNAGEL, KATE WHORISKEY, SAHEEM ALI, AND THOMAS SADOSKI AS WELL AS ORCHESTRATOR ALEX LACAMOIRE AND CHOREOGRAPHER TRAVIS WALL
New York, NY (April 18, 2019) – MCC Theater (Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce five new productions for its 33rd Season at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street). The season includes an exciting mix of world and New York premieres from artists both familiar and new to MCC Theater audiences – each fulfilling MCC’s longtime commitment to bold, risk-taking works from the most vital voices working in theater today. For more information, please visit https://mcctheater.org/2019-20-season/.
Highlights of the 2019/2020 Season include: the World Premiere of The Wrong Man, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Ross Golan, with direction by Thomas Kail, music supervision, vocal arrangements, and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and choreography by Travis Wall; the New York Premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck, with direction by Moritz von Stuelpnagel; the World Premiere of All The Natalie Portmans by C.A. Johnson, with direction by Kate Whoriskey; the World Premiere of Nollywood Dreams by Jocelyn Bioh, with direction by Saheem Ali; and the World Premiere of Perry Street by Lucy Thurber, with direction by Thomas Sadoski.
“Our new home has already enriched the experience of our friends, neighbors, and audience. This season ahead is a banquet and we will surprise you all with the ways we set the table,” said Will Cantler, Co-Artistic Director of MCC Theater.
The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, boasts two theaters: the Newman Mills Theater, a 245-seat proscenium stage, and the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater, a 100-seat black box theater.
The multi-theater complex supports the theater’s mission to develop new work and new artists in expanded ways, and will continue to host the popular PlayLabs reading series, which brings audiences into the development process. Over the years, MCC has developed more than 500 plays that have gone on to productions in the U.S. and around the world.
MCC Theater’s Public Engagement & Education Department will continue to host the theater’s Let’s Talk Series and community events. The new home will also host performances by the MCC Youth Company. Nineteen years ago, MCC Theater initiated a series of intensive in-school and after-school education programs that now serve approximately 1,200 New York City public high school students each year in all five boroughs. At the core of all MCC education programs, be they in school, after school, or in the office, is this: MCC programs for teens and young adults foster the desire to be heard and the courage to speak out.
MCC’s next production this season is the New York Premiere of BLKS by Aziza Barnes, with direction by Robert O’Hara, which begins performances at the Newman Mills Theater on April 23 followed by the New York Premiere of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow by Halley Feiffer, with direction by Trip Cullman, which begins performances at the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater on June 26.
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The MCC Theater 2019-2020 Season:
THE WRONG MAN
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Ross Golan
Music Supervision, Vocal Arrangements, and Orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire
Directed by Thomas Kail
Choreography by Travis Wall
First Preview: September 18, 2019
Opening Night: October 7, 2019
Closing: October 27, 2019
In the Newman Mills Theater
The Wrong Man is a new musical by multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ross Golan that reunites Hamilton’s Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail & three-time Tony Award- winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire. The wrong man meets the wrong woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Set in Reno, Nevada, The Wrong Man is the story of Duran, a man just scraping by who is framed for a murder he didn’t commit, told through poetic lyrics and haunting melodies. The animated video of Ross Golan’s concept album of The Wrong Man will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. He has written hits for artists spanning multiple genres including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, Lady Antebellum, Selena Gomez, Pink, Michael Bublé, Idina Menzel, and more.
New York Premiere
By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
First Preview: October 3, 2019
Opening Night: October 28, 2019
Closing: November 10, 2019
In the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater
Seared is a new fit-for-foodies comedy by critically-acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck (Bernhardt/Hamlet) directed by Tony® nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (MCC’s Hand To God). Brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, and his business partner Mike finally sees profits within reach. The only problem is Harry refuses to recreate his masterpiece for the masses. Mix in a shrewd restaurant consultant with a waiter with dreams of his own and it all goes to hell in this hilarious and insightful new play that asks us to consider where art ends and commerce begins. You’ve never seen (or smelled) a production quite like this. Audiences will be up close to the action of Seared’s working kitchen onstage in our intimate and flexible space.
The world premiere of Seared was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2018, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director.
ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS
By C.A. Johnson
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
First Preview: February 6, 2020
Opening Night: February 24, 2020
Closing: March 15, 2020
At the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater
All The Natalie Portmans is a fantastical new coming-of-age comedy written by C.A. Johnson (MCC debut) and directed by Kate Whoriskey (Sweat, Ruined). Keyonna is sixteen years old, extremely close with her older brother Samuel, and dreams of a better tomorrow. When brother and sister find themselves on the brink of eviction, their tenuous life on the edge of poverty is forever changed by a few hundred dollars, a pretty girl, and a famous Hollywood actress. Too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, Keyonna escapes by writing to her muse (or muses) Natalie Portman in her most iconic roles. When All The Natalie Portmans start talking back to her, Keyonna finally has to finally face her own off-screen drama in this imaginative new play about the beauty of life even if we can’t see the stars.
All The Natalie Portmans was developed, in part, at the 2018 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.
By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Saheem Ali
First Preview: March 19, 2020
Opening Night: April 13, 2020
Closing: April 26, 2020
In the Newman Mills Theater
Jocelyn Bioh (MCC’s School Girls…, “She’s Gotta Have It”) returns with a new romantic comedy directed by Saheem Ali (Sugar in our Wounds, Fireflies). It’s the 1990s and in Lagos, Nigeria, the Nollywood film industry is exploding and taking the world by storm. Ayamma dreams of stardom while working at her parents’ travel agency alongside her lovable and celebrity-obsessed sister Dede. When Ayamma lands an audition for a new film by Gbenga Ezie, Nigeria’s hottest director, she comes head-to-head with Gbenga’s former leading lady, Fayola. Tensions flare just as sparks start flying between Ayamma, the aspiring ingénue, and Wale, Nollywood’s biggest heartthrob, in this hilarious new play about dreaming big.
By Lucy Thurber
Directed by Thomas Sadoski
First Preview: June 4, 2020
Opening Night: June 22, 2020
Closing: July 12, 2020
In the Newman Mills Theater
Written by Lucy Thurber (MCC’s Transfers) and directed by Thomas Sadoski (HBO’s “The Newsroom,” MCC’s Reasons To Be Pretty), Perry Street is a funny and subversive new play that explores family, class, and sex. (And sex.) Phil and Maggie live a life of leisure in their handsome West Village brownstone. They indulge in the finer things. They find joy bringing aspiring artists into their home and making them part of the family, with a few strings attached. But when their daughter returns from Brown with her new girlfriend, Annabelle, the family is challenged by a series of startling and unsettling events. In the tradition of the great American family dramas, Thurber’s provocative and unpredictable new play asks: what are you willing to pay for the people and things that you desire most?
ABOUT MCC THEATER
MCC Theater is one of New York’s leading nonprofit Off-Broadway companies, driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would. Founded in 1986 as a collective of artists leading peer-based classes to support their own development as actors, writers, and directors, the tenets of collaboration, education, and community are at the core of MCC Theater’s programming. One of the only theaters in the country led continuously by its founders, Artistic Directors Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, and Will Cantler, MCC fulfills its mission through the production of world, American, and New York premiere plays and musicals that challenge artists and audiences to confront contemporary personal and social issues, and robust playwright development and education initiatives that foster the next generation of theater artists and students.
MCC Theater’s celebrated productions include Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play; Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike; Robert Askins’ Hand to God (Broadway transfer; five 2015 Tony Award® nominations including Best Play); John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair; Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Really; Sharr White’s The Other Place (Broadway transfer); Jeff Talbott’s The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award); Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Happy, reasons to be pretty (Broadway transfer, three 2009 Tony Award® nominations, including Best Play), Some Girl(s), Fat Pig, The Mercy Seat, and All The Ways To Say I Love You; Michael Weller’s Fifty Words; Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride; Bryony Lavery’s Frozen (Broadway transfer; four 2004 Tony Award® nominations including Best Play, Tony Award® for Best Featured Actor); Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone; Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living (2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Margaret Edson’s Wit (1999 Pulitzer Prize); and the musicals Coraline, Carrie, Ride the Cyclone, and Alice By Heart. Many plays developed and produced by MCC have gone on to productions throughout the country and around the world.
Blake West joined the company in 2006 as Executive Director. MCC opened the doors to its new home in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, in January 2019, unifying the company’s activities under one roof for the first time and expanding its producing, artist development, and education programming.
ABOUT MCC THEATER’S PLAYWRIGHT DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION INITIATIVES
MCC Theater’s development programs, PlayLabs and SongLabs, help foster the MCC artistic community by providing writers intensive dramaturgical support, as well as the opportunity to work alongside professional directors and actors to engage public audiences in the development of new work. The series incorporates informal post-show gatherings for conversation between artists and audiences that enliven and stimulate the often solitary and insular writing and development process. New works developed as part of PlayLabs and SongLabs have gone on to full productions at MCC, as well as at other nonprofit theaters in New York and overseas, adding vibrant new works to the contemporary theatrical canon.
ABOUT THE MCC THEATER YOUTH COMPANY PLAYWRITING LAB AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Nineteen years ago, MCC Theater initiated a series of intensive in-school and after-school education programs that now serve approximately 1,200 New York City public high school students each year. At the core of all MCC education programs, be they in school, after school, or in the office, is this: MCC programs for teens and young adults foster the desire to be heard and the courage to speak out. The goal of this work is to showcase and celebrate the mosaic of New York City’s young people, creating a platform for their voices to be heard and their experiences and individual identities to be honored. MCC’s programs build the skills, and provide the encouragement, to make this possible.
The centerpiece of the institution’s education programs is the MCC Theater Youth Company, the first free, after-school company of its kind associated with a professional theater in NYC. The Youth Company has several cohorts, including an Acting Lab, a Playwriting Lab, an Ambassador Leadership program, and a school campus-based satellite program on the campus of the High School for Public Service in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Ross Golan is a multi-platinum songwriter, artist, podcast host, and advocate. He studied music at the University of Southern California and has since released songs with artists including Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Lady Antebellum, Michael Bublé, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban, Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, One Direction, Idina Menzel, Nelly, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Cee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of Summer, Snoop Dogg, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer, James Blunt, Big Sean, Travis Barker, Lukas Graham, and Skylar Grey amongst many others. He was awarded 2016 BMI Songwriter Of The Year. As an artist, his concept album The Wrong Man is being released on Interscope Records. His podcast, “And The Writer Is… with Ross Golan,” has approximately 1.5 million downloads and has become the perennial songwriting podcast. Each episode is a conversation between Ross and a venerable songwriter discussing their journey in the music industry. As an advocate, he coauthored the proposal to get songwriters added to the Album of the Year award at The Grammys®. He has also been a leading voice in passing the Music Modernization Act alongside NSAI, SONA, NMPA, and RIAA.
Thomas Kail’s Broadway directing credits include: Hamilton (Tony Award®); In the Heights (Tony® Nom); Lombardi and Magic/Bird. Other directing credits include the world premiere of Hamilton, Dry Powder, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Kings at the Public Theater; the world premiere of In the Heights; Broke-ology and the world premiere of When I Come to Die at Lincoln Center Theater; the world premiere of Daphne’s Dive at the Signature Theater. He is the co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. He is a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honors Award, in addition to the Drama Desk Award, an Obie, a Callaway Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Alex Lacamoire has won three Tony Awards® and three Grammys® for his work on the Broadway musicals Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and In The Heights. He won his fourth Grammy® producing the soundtrack for The Greatest Showman, and is the recipient of the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors Award for his work on Hamilton. As Music Director, Arranger, and/or Orchestrator On/Off Broadway: Bring It On; Wicked; High Fidelity; Annie (2011 B’way revival); The People In The Picture; 9 to 5 (Drama Desk and Grammy® noms.); Legally Blonde, Bat Boy: The Musical. Film and television credits include FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” (Supervising Music Producer), The Greatest Showman (Executive Music Producer), Incredibles 2 (Arranger/Orchestrator), and “Sesame Street” (Emmy-nominated composer). Other credits: Godspell (2001 National Tour), orchestrations for The Rockettes and for the Oscars.
Travis Wall is the recipient of 8 consecutive Emmy nominations, which include 2 Emmy wins, for his work on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Wall was also the runner-up in the show’s 2nd Season. Additional television work includes “Dancing with the Stars,” The Academy Awards, The MTV VMAs, The American Music Awards, and “Pretty Little Liars.” Wall also produced and starred in Oxygen’s docu-reality series “All The Right Moves” profiling his dance company Shaping Sound. Travis has collaborated with artists including Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Sara Bareilles, Adele, Demi Lovato, Maddie Ziegler, and Florence Welsh. His work in film can be seen in Step Up: Revolution and The Wedding Ringer. Travis made his Broadway performance debut in the 2001 revival of The Music Man. His New York choreography debut was the Off-Broadway production of BARE: A Rock Musical. Travis isthrilled to be working with Tommy Kail and the amazing team of The Wrong Man.
Theresa Rebeck’s many plays have been widely produced on and off Broadway, regionally and internationally. This fall, her fourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, premiered on Broadway and her play Downstairs opened at Primary Stages starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly. Other Broadway works include Dead Accounts; Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable NY and regional plays include: Seared, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels (Second Stage), Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House (Playwrights Horizons), The Understudy (Roundabout), View of the Dome (NYTW), What We’re Up Against (Women’s Project), Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer Prize finalist). As a director, her work has been seen at The Alley Theater of Houston, Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Shakespeare Theater. She recently wrote and directed the independent feature Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse. In television, she is best known for her work on “NYPD Blue” and for creating the NBC series “Smash.” As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I’m Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award and more.
Mortiz Von Stuelpnagel is a New York based director. His Broadway credits include: Bernhardt/Hamlet (Roundabout Theatre Company), Noël Coward’s Present Laughter with Kevin Kline (three Tony nominations including Best Revival of a Play); Rob Askins’ Hand to God (five Tony nominations including Best New Play and Best Director, Lortel Award nomination, SDC Callaway nomination). West End: Hand to God (Olivier nomination for Best New Comedy). Off-Broadway: The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club); Verite (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3); Teenage Dick (The Public Theater); TREVOR (Lesser America); Love Songs of the Albanian Sous Chef (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Bike America (Ma-Yi); MEL & EL: Show & Tell (Ars Nova); Spacebar (Studio 42); and My Base and Scurvy Heart (Studio 42). Regional: Alliance Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and more. Moritz is the former artistic director of Studio 42, NYC’s producer of “unproducible” plays. moritzvs.com
C.A. Johnson hails from Metairie, Louisiana, but currently lives and writes in Queens, NY. Her plays include Thirst (2017 Kilroys List, The Contemporary American Theater Festival), The Climb (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2019), An American Feast (NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater School), All The Natalie Portmans, and Mother Tongue. She is a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center. She was previously the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow, The Lark’s 2016-17 Van Lier Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a member of The Civilians R&D Group, and a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Her work has been developed with The Lark, PlayPenn, Luna Stage, Open Bar Theatricals, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. Most recently, C.A. was chosen for a Sundance/Ucross Fellowship and the 2018 Sundance Theatre Lab in Marrakesh, Morocco. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU.
Kate Whoriskey’s work has been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally. On Broadway, she directed Sweat at Studio 54, and Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square. Off Broadway credits include Songs for a New World at Encores Off Center; How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage; Sweat at the Public; Ruined at Manhattan Theatre Club; Her Requiem at Lincoln Center Theatre; Aubergine, Fabulation and Inked Baby at Playwrights Horizons; The Piano Teacher at the Vineyard among others. Regional credits include the Goodman, the Geffen, South Coast Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre, the American Repertory Theatre, the Huntington, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Arena, among others. Her opera direction has been seen at the Chatelet in Paris and Teatro Municipal in Brazil. She has also taught at Princeton, NYU, and UC Davis.
Jocelyn Bioh’s play School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Kilroy’s List 2016) recently completed successful runs at the MCC Theatre (where she is the 2017-18 Tow Fellowship recipient) and CTG; Jocelyn conceived and wrote the libretto for The Ladykiller’s Love Story (music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green), which is in development at the historic Apollo Theatre, NYC. Other plays include Happiness and Joe, Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2017, Kilroy’s List 2015), and African Americans (Produced at Howard University 2015; Southern Rep Ruby Prize Award Finalist 2011; O’Neill Center Semi-Finalist, 2012). Jocelyn received her MFA in Theatre/Playwriting from Columbia University. She is under commission to Manhattan Theatre Club and the Atlantic Theater Company and is a Resident Playwright at LCT3. As an actress, Jocelyn’s credits include: In the Blood (Signature Theater), Everybody (Signature Theatre; Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress 2017), Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb at Playwrights Horizons), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway; Tony Award Winner for Best Play, 2015), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, Obie Award Winner for Best Play, 2014), Booty Candy (Wilma Theater), Seed (Classical Theater of Harlem, Audelco Award Nominee), and Marcus; or the Secret Of Sweet (City Theatre). She also originated the role of “Topsy” in the World Premiere of Neighbors (The Public Theater, Audelco Award Nominee). TV: Former Cover Girl spokesmodel, “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “The Detour” (TBS), “The Characters” (Netflix), “Louie” (FX), and “One Life to Live” (ABC). Jocelyn was most recently staffed on season two of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” for Netflix and wrote an episode of the Netflix show “Russian Doll”.
Saheem Ali is a proud immigrant from Kenya. Recent productions include Fireflies (Atlantic Theater Company), Dangerous House (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC), Tartuffe (Playmakers Rep), Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown), Twelfth Night (Public Theater), Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theater), Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane), The Booty Call (Inner Voices), and Dot (Detroit Public Theater). He has workshopped new plays at Playwrights Horizons, Playwrights Realm, MCC, New York Stage & Film, Page 73 and The Lark. He is a Usual Suspect and former Directing Fellow at New York Theater Workshop, Sir John Gielgud SDCF Fellow, and a Shubert Fellow.
Lucy Thurber is the author of twelve plays: Transfers (produced by MCC), Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of The World, Monstrosity, Dillingham City, The Locus, Perry Street and The Insurgents. Her OBIE-winning five play cycle The Hill Town Plays was produced Off Broadway by Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater in-conjunction with The Cherry Lane Theater, The Axis Theater and The New Ohio Theatre. Her plays have also been produced at The Atlantic Theater Company, Labyrinth Theater Company and Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF). Lucy wrote the text for Quixote, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community. Thurber is an alumni of New Dramatists, as well as a member of 13P, Labyrinth Theater Company and Rising Phoenix Rep. She has been commissioned by Williamstown Theater Festival, Playwrights Horizons, CATF, House on The Moon and Yale Rep. She is the recipient of Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship, the 1st Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwriting, a proud recipient of a Lilly Award, a 2014 Obie Award for The Hill Town Plays, Best Play for Transfers, Off Broadway Alliance and the Helen Merrill Award. Thurber’s short film Beloved was directed by Will Frears and starred Chloe Sevigny. She’s also written films for Lionsgate, Maven Films, and Steve Shainberg & Deborah Granick. Currently she is writing a film for Nanette Burstein and Sarah Paulson. For TV, Lucy has written for “NOS4A2,” “Sweetbitter” & “Outer Range”.
Thomas Sadoski currently stars on the hit CBS comedy series “Life in Pieces” which follows one family through the separate stories of its members driven by their ineptitudes and shortcomings. The series, also starring Dianne Wiest, James Brolin and Colin Hanks, will soon begin airing its fourth season. On the big screen, he was most recently featured alongside Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried in The Last Word, directed by Mark Pellington, and reprised his role as “Jimmy” in John Wick: Chapter Two, starring Keanu Reeves. He will next star in the independent comedy Mimic, which also stars Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon and Jessica Walter, and will begin production early next year opposite Lucy Liu in the romance drama, The Last Weekend in May, for director Matthew Lillard. A veteran of the stage, Sadoski is currently starring in the Public Theater production of the new Suzan-Lori Parks play, White Noise, directed by Oskar Eustis and starring Daveed Diggs. Over the course of his stage career, he has starred in and earned raves for his performances in a wide variety of Broadway and off-Broadway productions. His most recent New York stage appearance was opposite Amanda Seyfried in the off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By. His previous collaboration with LaBute on reasons to be pretty earned Sadoski a nomination for a Tony Award in the Leading Actor Category, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations. Sadoski’s other Broadway credits include Other Desert Cities for which he won an Obie Award, The House of Blue Leaves with Ben Stiller and Edie Falco, and Reckless, his Broadway debut opposite Mary-Louise Parker. Off-Broadway credits include Sam Mendes’s Bridge Project productions of As You Like It and The Tempest (BAM, The Old Vic and a seven-country international tour), Becky Shaw for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award, This is Our Youth with Mark Ruffalo, the world premiere of Elizabeth Merriweather’s The Mistakes Madeline Made, Gemini, Stay, Where We’re Born, Jump/Cut, All This Intimacy, and The General From America. Additionally, Sadoski starred in a critically acclaimed production of David Sedaris’s one-man show Santaland Diaries at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater, which was performed two consecutive seasons due to popular demand, and he has starred in five productions at the renowned Williamstown Theater Festival. Sadoski’s film credits include the critically-acclaimed film I Smile Back with Sarah Silverman and Josh Charles, the award-winning John Marc Vallee film Wild with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, John Wick with Keanu Reeves, Take Care with Leslie Bibb, as well as The Dramatics, 30 Beats, The New Twenty, Circledrawers, Loser, Happy Hour and Winter Solace. In addition to his role as Don Keefer on HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated Aaron Sorkin series “The Newsroom,” his television credits include the NBC mini-series, “The Slap,” a recurring role on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and guest starring roles on and “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order.” A graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City, Sadoski has worked extensively to help develop new theatrical works at New Dramatists, The Lark, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and the Sundance Institute. In his free time, he works closely with the charity group Refugees International, of which he is also a board member. Sadoski resides in Los Angeles.
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