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“Hip and smart with sharply drawn characters.

However, what makes FROM UP HERE special is its ability to evoke deep feelings.

FROM UP HERE introduces a fresh new voice in playwright Liz Flahive.”

Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News


Liz Flahive, who recently received the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Playwrighting Award for her debut play FROM UP HERE, is featured on Broadway World.


Reporter Eugene Lovendusky posed some questions to the 28-year-old playwright shortly after she accepted the OCC Award. Lovendusky and Flahive spoke about the development and success of the play which is currently playing at Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). FROM UP HERE is presented in association with Ars Nova. 


Below is an excerpt of the Q&A. To read the full feature, CLICK HERE.



Liz Flahive: Moving Up with ‘FROM UP HERE’
by Eugene Lovendusky

Broadway World


Nominated for the 2008 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, FROM UP HERE premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club this spring with a flurry of praise for a great cast, engaging story and an impressive new playwright, Liz Flahive!


“A darkly funny and unexpectedly moving family story,” FROM UP HERE is a captivating new piece about love, forgiveness and the actualities of today’s youth at home and school.  The play stars Julie White as neo-mom Grace, and Tobias Segal as Kenny, her troubled son – both in Drama Desk nominated roles. Directed by Drama Desk nominee Leigh Silverman.


Playwright Liz Flahive took a brief moment to correspond with Broadway World and discuss the process that has brought this appealing new production from the page to the stage.  FROM UP HERE concludes its engagement at MTC on Sunday, June 8.


Eugene Lovendusky: Thank you so much, Liz, for grabbing a few minutes to chat with BroadwayWorld about your critically acclaimed new play FROM UP HERE! Just last week you received the John Gassner (Outer Critics Circle) Award for your heralded new play. Congratulations! What kind of whirlwind have you experienced since this success?


Liz Flahive: I think the biggest change has been that when I’m in a room with people, some of them know me as a playwright now. I think as a writer you spend a lot of time trying to get your work produced and telling people you’re a playwright and trying hard to believe it yourself…






FROM UP HERE is directed by Leigh Silverman (Yellow Face, Well), 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.’


The acclaimed limited engagement will play its final performance at Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) on Sunday, June 8.


In addition to the Outer Critics Circle Award for Liz Flahive, FROM UP HERE was 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). Both White and Segal were nominated by the Drama League for the Distinguished Performance Award.


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. 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.



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