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FROM UP HERE IN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FROM UP HERE PLAYWRIGHT

LIZ FLAHIVE

PROFILED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

DRAMA DESK AND OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINATED PRODUCTION

CURRENTLY PLAYING AT MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

 

Playwright Liz Flahive, who yesterday received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her first play FROM UP HERE, has been profiled by The Associated Press.

 

Flahive spoke to reporter Tim Molloy about why she wrote the play and making her professional playwrighting debut with FROM UP HERE at the age of 28.

 

FROM UP HERE has been nominated for four Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Leigh Silverman), Outstanding Actress in a Play (Julie White), and Outstanding Actor in a Play (Tobias Segal). Flahive has also received two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations: Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award. Both White and Segal have been nominated by the Drama League for the Distinguished Performance Award.

 

Below is the Associated Press’ feature on Flahive:

Playwright looks at family dynamics

 

By TIM MOLLOY

Associated Press Writer

Most of what we learn about the families of troubled high schoolers comes from pieced-together news accounts after something has gone horribly wrong. They’re the kinds of stories that try to answer the question, “Where were the parents?”

“From Up Here,” a new off-Broadway play, speculates about the answer: They were bagging lunches, looking for missing dry cleaning and trying really hard to make their kids talk to them.

A grounded and funny story set against the ominous backdrop of teenage sex and violence, the Manhattan Theatre Club production is more interested in human dynamics than in pointing fingers. Liz Flahive, the 28-year-old, first-time playwright, said before a recent rehearsal that she never set out to write an issues-oriented play.

“I think my intention was always to write a family story, so I try to put the characters and their relationships first in the writing,” she explained in a follow-up e-mail. “And I believe looking at some of these more topical ideas and issues through the lens of family helps to open up the conversation in a different way.”

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON FROM UP HERE

FROM UP HERE is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Daniel Sullivan, Acting Artistic Director 2007-08 Season) in association with Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener, Executive Producers).

 

The cast features 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,’ Brian Hutchison (Proof) as ‘Daniel,’ Will Rogers (100 Saints You Should Know) as ‘Charlie,’ Tobias Segal (Doris to Darlene) as ‘Kenny,’ Joel Van Liew (Well) as ‘Mr. Goldberger/Stevens,’ and Tony Awardâ winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) as ‘Grace.’

 

In FROM UP HERE, Kenny (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.

 

The creative team includes 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 PartyAt Least It’s Pink25 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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Tickets are $75.00. Group and student rates are available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and are 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. 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • Through Sunday, June 8: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00pm; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm.

 

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