OUR TOWN News: Oscar Nominee Michael Shannon is new ‘stage manager’ beginning 2/23 at Barrow Street
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
OSCAR NOMINEE MICHAEL SHANNON
TO ASSUME ROLE OF ‘STAGE MANAGER’
IN DAVID CROMER’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF
“O U R T O W N”
ENTERS SECOND YEAR FEBRUARY 26TH
AT BARROW STREET THEATRE
NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH JUNE 27, 2010
New York, NY – (2/17/10) Producers Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter have announced the latest arrival to Grover’s Corners: Oscar Nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) will assume the role of ‘The Stage Manager’ in David Cromer’s acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, beginning February 23rd at the Barrow Street Theatre. Stephen Kunken (ENRON, Frost/Nixon) continues in the role through February 19th.
The New York production of Our Town began performances on February 17, 2009, with an official opening night on February 26, 2009 where it received rave reviews at the downtown venue (whose space has been completely redesigned for this staging). 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 enters 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 complete cast of Our Town includes (in alphabetical order) Robert Beitzel as Howie Newsome, Susan Bennett as Mrs. Soames, Kati Brazda as Mrs. Webb, Will Brill as Joe Crowell, Nathan Dame as Sam Craig, Mark Hatton as Constable Warren, Jennifer Grace as Emily, Wilbur Edwin Henry as Professor Willard, Jake Horowitz as Wally Webb, Stephen Kunken as the ‘Stage Manager’, Ronete Levenson as Rebecca Gibbs, Ben Livingston as Doc Gibbs, David Manis as Editor Webb, Daniel Marcus as Simon Stimson, James McMenamin as George, Lori Myers as Mrs. Gibbs, Jay Russell as Joe Stoddard, and Jason Yachanin as Si Crowell with Elizabeth Audley, Dana Jacks, 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. New block of tickets now on sale through June 27, 2010.
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 V at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).
Michael Shannon (“Stage Manager”) was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Revolutionary Road, based on the revealing novel by Richard Yates, adapted by Justin Haythe, directed by Sam Mendes and featured film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. In 2009, he was also seen in the lead role in Noah Buschel’s The Missing Person, co-starring Amy Ryan and Frank Wood; in the lead role in Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son What Have ‘Ye Done?; completed production onShana Feste’s The Greates; and Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant. This year, he will be seen in The Runaways opposite Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; 13 opposite Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham; and Jonah Hex opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox.
With over thirty roles in film, Shannon’s credits include Sydney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows Your Dead; Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center; William Friedkin’s Bug.; Curtis Hanson’s Lucky You; Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II; Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile; David McNally’s Kangaroo Jack; Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky; Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor; and John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented.
Shannon’s theatre credits include Lady (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theater), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theater), The Pillowman (Steppenwolf Theater), Bug (Barrow Street Theatre and A Red Orchid Theatre), Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre), Mr. Kolpert (A Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (Soho Playhouse, Next Lab and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Looking Glass Theatre), and Killer (A Red Orchid Theatre). In the summer of 2009, he returned to Chicago where he received rave reviews in the premiere of Mistakes Were Made by Craig Wright (A Red Orchid Theatre).
Shannon is currently in production on Terence Winter’s and Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s look at the history of Atlantic City and the rise of organized crime set for Fall 2010.
Praise for Our Town:
“ETERNALLY RESONANT! THE IDEAL GIFT.”
— Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“A SHATTERING PRODUCTION. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE MOVED. TRUE AMERICAN FAITH ENDURES IN ‘OUR TOWN.’”
— Frank Rich, The New York Times
“AN ENTHRALLING PRODUCTION!”
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“DAVID CROMER’S RETHINKING OF THORNTON WILDER’S MASTERPIECE IS A LANDMARK! I DON’T USE THE WORK ‘GENIUS’ CASUALLY BUT MR. CROMER MAY FILL THE BILL. THE BEST SHOW IN NYC – IF NOT AMERICA!”
— Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“STUNNING! A REVOLUTIONARY PRODUCTION!”
— John Heilpern, New York Observer
“FIVE STARS! BEST OF THE YEAR!”
— David Cote, Time Out New York
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