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MCC Theater Announces Complete Casting for World Premiere of “The Other Place”


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New York, NY – MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced complete casting for the world premiere production of Sharr White’s The Other Place, MCC’s second offering of their 25th Anniversary season. As previously announced, Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf (Broadway’s November, “Roseanne”) will star, under the direction of Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (The Pride, Glengarry Glen Ross, Take Me Out). Joining Ms. Metcalf will be Dennis Boutsikaris, Aya Cash and John Schiappa.

Just as Juliana Smithton’s (Metcalf) research leads to a potential breakthrough in Alzheimer treatment drugs, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod. Performances of this new emotional thriller begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on March 11, 2011 and continue through April 24, 2011. An official opening night is set for March 28, 2011.

Individual tickets are on-sale now through www.ticketcentral.com or calling 212-279-4200.

MCC Theater is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season as one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season. When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences. MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through three programmatic areas: its mainstage works; its Playwrights’ Coalition, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers; and its Education & Outreach Programs, including the Youth Company, which allow more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices through the creation of original theater pieces. Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season’s The Pride, Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig; Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman’s Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne’s Beirut. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards.


Dennis Boutsikaris. Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs (2009 Revival with Laurie Metcalf), Amadeus (Mozart), Filumena (Director: Sir Laurence Olivier) and Bent. Off Broadway: Sight Unseen (Manhattan Theatre Club/OBIE Award), Nest of the Woodgrouse (Public Theatre; OBIE Award), A Picasso (M.T.C.; Picasso), The Boys Next Door, That Championship Season (Second Stage) and Julius Caesar (Cassius; Public, Delacorte). Regional: The Quality of Life (With Laurie Metcalf – Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles & A.C.T., San Francisco/Backstage West Garland Award) and The Old Neighborhood (Geffen Playhouse). Films include: Oliver Stone's W (Wolfowitz), *batteries not included, Dream Team, Boys On the Side and Crocodile Dundee 2. Television: “Chasing the Dragon” (Cable Ace Nomination), “And Then There Was One” and “Love & Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story” (as Woody Allen). Series Regulars: “Stat,” “The Jackie Thomas Show,” Sidney Lumet's “100 Centre Street.” He is the recipient of 5 Audie Awards for his work in narrating over 90 Audiobooks….most recent: Philip Roth's Nemesis.

Aya Cash stars in the upcoming Fox series “Traffic Light.” In the past she also starred in Fox pilot, “Strange Brew,” and was a recent guest star on “Mercy.” She just finished shooting Julian Farino’s feature “The Oranges” in New York. Her past features include “January” directed by Justin McCarthy, “Winter of Frozen Dreams” and “Off Jackson Ave.” Her theatre credits include the Off Broadway play Offices written by Joel Cohen, With Killers and Other Family at Rattlestick Theatre, Whore at the Summer Play Festival, Three Changes at Playwrights Horizons, The Pain & The Itch, and many more. Aya is a graduate of the San Francisco School of the Arts.

Joe Mantello’s directing credits include The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design For Living, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera. The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky…, Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, Imagining Brad. As an actor: Angels in America (Tony Nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.

Laurie Metcalf. In New York, Metcalf most recently appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer. Laurie has also appeared on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in David Mamet’s comedy November, directed by Joe Mantello, and Alexandra Gersten’s My Thing of Love, directed by Michael Maggio. Metcalf has also appeared in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, directed by Ethan Hawke, and Balm in Gilead at the Circle Rep, for which she received Drama Desk, Obie and Theatre World Awards. An ensemble member at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1976, Metcalf is the recipient of seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and two L.A. Ovation Awards. Metcalf won three Emmy awards for her role as ‘Jackie Harris’ on “Roseanne.” She was also nominated for an Emmy, for her work on “Desperate Housewives.” Metcalf’s film credits include Internal Affairs, Desperately Seeking Susan, Toy Story, Bulworth and Leaving Las Vegas.

John Schiappa. On Broadway, Schiappa has played the roles of Taxi Driver in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Proprietor in Assassins, Toddy Koovitz in Take Me Out, Sammy in Blood Brothers, Lord Savage/Spider in Jekyll & Hyde, Greaseball in Starlight Express, and in Jerry Springer the Opera. Off Broadway and regionally he has been seen in Dust (West Side Arts), Take Me Out (NYSF), Keeping Time (Berkshire Playwiriting Lab), Laughter on the 23rd Foor (Geva), Three Musketeers (NSMT), Company (Huntington), American premiere of New Year, directed by Sir Peter Hall (HGO), The Ballad of Little Jo, (Lyric Fest), Romeo & Juliet (Goodspeed), Little Shop of Horrors (ATC), Aida (NSMT). TV: “Kidnapped,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order CI,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” “Monsters,” “All My Children,” “As The World Turns.” Film: Seeing Beauty, What Just Happened.

Sharr White’s Sunlight premiered at Marin Theatre Company (Jasson Minidakis, dir.) in January 2010; was commissioned by South Coast Repertory; developed at SCR’s 2008 Pacific Playwrights Festival (David Emmes, dir.) and Marin’s NuWerkz series; and was a participant in the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Fund. White’s Six Years premiered at the 2006 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Hal Brooks, dir.). White’s other plays include Iris Fields (Key West Theatre Festival, Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab—Anne Kaufman, dir.); The Escape Velocity of Savages (Dr. Henry and Lillian Nesburn Award as part of the Julie Harris Award in Playwriting); and Satellites of the Sun (finalist, Princess Grace Award). White is the recipient of a 2006 New York Foundation For the Arts Fellowship (Six Years); and Marin Theatre Company’s 2009 Skye Cooper New American Play Prize (Sunlight). The Other Place was developed at The Lark Play Development Center in New York; The Jar reading series in Los Angeles; The Black Swan reading series at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and was the winner of the 2010 Playwrights First award. White is currently working on a new commission from South Coast Repertory.

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