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Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Daniel Sullivan, Acting Artistic Director 2007-08 Season) is pleased to announce full casting for their upcoming world premiere production of Liz Flahive’s FROM UP HERE. The cast, to be directed by Leigh Silverman (Yellow Face, Well), will feature previously announced Tony Awardâ winner Julie White as ‘Grace Warren.’

Joining White will be Jenni Barber (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as ‘Kate’, Arija Bareikis (The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as ‘Caroline,’ Aya Cash (The Pain and the Itch) as ‘Lauren Barrett,’ Brian Hutchison (Proof) as ‘Daniel Warren,’ Will Rogers (100 Saints You Should Know) as ‘Charlie,’ Tobias Segal (Doris to Darlene) as ‘Kenny Barrett,’ and Joel Van Liew (Well) as ‘Mr Goldberger/Stevens.’

In FROM UP HERE, Kenny Barrett (Segal) did something that has his mother (White) and everyone around him worried. He wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that’s going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school. At home, his family is struggling with second marriages, surprise visits, school dances and forgotten dry cleaning.

FROM UP HERE begins previews on Thursday, March 27 for a Wednesday, April 16 opening at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). FROM UP HERE is presented in association with Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener, Executive Producers).

The creative team will include Allen Moyer (scenic design), Mattie Ullrich (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design), Tom Kitt (original music), and David Caparelliotis (casting).

Special thanks to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays and musicals at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned numerous awards, including 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include LoveMusik; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway’s landmark, long-neglected Biltmore Theatre, following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition to the Biltmore, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center, its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

During Meadow’s sabbatical this season, Daniel Sullivan, a close associate of MTC and director of several Manhattan Theatre Club productions (Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, Proof, Psychopathia Sexualis), is serving as Acting Artistic Director. Sullivan will continue consulting with Meadow and MTC’s artistic staff on the 2007-2008 season. Meadow will return to MTC for the 2008-2009 season and will consult on the planning of that season.

As New York’s premier hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova develops and produces eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks and The Wau Wau Sisters. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener. For more information, visit www.arsnovanyc.com

For information on how to subscribe to Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, online at NYCityCenter.org, or in person at the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue). For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.

JENNI BARBER (Kate) was last seen as Olive Ostrovsky in the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a role she had previously performed in the San Francisco/Boston productions earning her an IRNE nomination. Barber’s other New York credits include: The High Life (Musicals Tonight) and workshops of Pride and Prejudice (with director Mark Lamos), Creating Claire, and Henry and Mudge. Television: “Law and Order: SVU.”

ARIJA BAREIKIS (Caroline) most recently appeared in Edge Theater’s production of Orange Flower Water. She made her Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry’s Tony Awardâ-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Other theatre credits include: Intimate Apparel (Roundabout), Hotel Universe, The Moment When, Virgil Is Still The Frogboy, and Sweet By N’By. At Williamstown: As You Like It, Counsellor At Law, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Threepenny Opera, The Guardsman, The Visit, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her film credits include: Frame of Mind, Sidney Lumet’s When The Devil Knows You’re Dead, Tenderness, Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, 30 Days, Snow Falling On Cedars, and The Myth of Fingerprints. Television: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Law & Order,” “Crossing Jordan,” “A Painted House” (CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame), “Without A Trace,” “The American Embassy,” and HBO’s “Oz.”

AYA CASH (Lauren Barrett). New York: The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), Not Waving (SPF), Jasper Lake (FringeNYC), The Philistines (New Bridge Productions) Regional: The Diary of Anne Frank (The Denver Center Theatre, Ovation Award Best Actress) The Glass Menagerie (The Berkshire Theatre Festival), Hamlet (Mill Mountain Theatre), Hidden Parts (Encore Theatre), A Flea in Her Ear and Loves Labours Lost (Chautauqua Conservatory Theater). Aya spent two seasons with The Great River Shakespeare Festival and performed there in: A Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III. Television: “Spellbound”(pilot), “Brotherhood,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “In Men We Trust.” Film: Upcoming: Untitled Hugh Jackman Project, Off Jackson Avenue, Winter of Frozen Dreams, and Original Spin. Education: UM/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program, Royal National Studio. Aya is also an Actor Member of the New York Playwrights Lab. AEA.

BRIAN HUTCHISON (Daniel) most recently appeared in Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations at The Flea, and The Front Page at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Broadway: The Invention of Love and Proof. Off-Broadway credits include Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout Theatre Company), People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons), Indoor/Outdoor (Summer Play Festival, DR2 Theatre), The Hiding Place (Atlantic Theater), Theophilus North and Can’t Let Go (Keen Company), She Stoops to Conquer (Irish Rep), and Seven Rabbits on a Pole (Urban Stages). Recent regional theatre credits include The Unmentionables and Black Snow (both at Yale Rep), Trumbo and Wonder of the World (Barrington Stage Company), Burn This and The Rivals (Huntington Theatre Company), and Role Play (Pittsburgh Public). Old Globe: several productions including All My Sons, Blue/Orange, and The Hostage. Film and TV credits include the upcoming Ghost Town, Dealbreaker (Sundance 2006), and guest appearances on “Hope & Faith,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Criminal Intent.” MFA Old Globe/USD.

WILL ROGERS (Charlie). Off Broadway: 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons), columbinus (New York Theatre Workshop), Nicky Goes Goth (NY Fringe Festival), [sic] (78th St Theatre Lab), The Salacious Uncle Baldrick (Players Theatre). Regional: The Vertical Hour (Pioneer Theatre Co.), dark play or stories for boys (Humana Festival), Mary’s Wedding (Actors Theatre of Louisville), This Is Our Youth (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), the world premiere of columbinus at the Roundhouse Theatre and A Comedy of Errors (Manteo). Will received his B.F.A. from North Carolina School of the Arts.

TOBIAS SEGAL (Kenny Barrett) is proud to be performing with Manhattan Theatre Club for the first time. He most recently appeared at Playwrights Horizons in Jordan Harrison’s Doris to Darlene directed by Les Waters. Theater credits include: The Women’s Project, Philadelphia Theatre Co., People’s Light and Theatre, The Arden Theater, Hedgerow Theatre, and Azuka Theatre Company. Theatre awards include a Barrymore Award for his performance of Alan Strang in Mum Puppettheatre’s Equus and a Denver Post Ovation Award for his performance of Justin Hammond in Denver Center Theatre’s After Ashley. Television and film credits include; “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU,” The Other America, Fox Searchlab’s Senioritis, The Animal Kingdom, Rocky Balboa, and The New Year Parade, which won Grand Jury prize at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival.

JOEL VAN LIEW (Mr. Goldberger/Stevens). Theatre: Well by Lisa Kron, directed by Leigh Silverman, at the Public Theatre and A.C.T. The Pavilion by Craig Wright, world premiere at the City Theatre, Pittsburgh. A Beautiful Child by Truman Capote, Fringe NYC and Fringe Encores, 2007. Last Season by Neena Beeber, Mile Square Theatre. TV: “Law & Order.”

JULIE WHITE (Grace Warren). New York theatre credits include The Little Dog Laughed (Tony Award: Best Actress in a Play; Obie Award; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Drama League nominations), Fiction, The Heidi Chronicles, Dinner With Friends, Barbra’s Wedding and also Bad Dates, Spike Heels, and The Family of Man all by Theresa Rebeck. Television credits include “Cavemen,” guest starring as Mitzi Dalton Huntley on HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” a series regular on “Grace Under Fire,” “The Heidi Chronicles,” “Law And Order,” “Law And Order: SVU,” “Whoopi,” “Ally McBeal,” “Strong Medicine,” “Touched By An Angel” and “Arli$$.” Film credits include The Astronaut Farmer, Michael Clayton, The Nanny Diaries, Transformers, War Of The Worlds, Slap Her, She’s French and Sunday on the Rocks.

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