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Roundabout announces MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION full cast & dates

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces the full company and opening night date!

Cherry Jones               Sally Hawkins

Star

In a new Broadway production of

George Bernard Shaw’s

MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION

With

Adam Driver, Mark Harelik, Edward Hibbert, Michael Siberry

Directed by Doug Hughes

Previews begin Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Opening night will be Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full company of the new Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Mrs. Warren’s Profession, starring Tony® Award winner Cherry Jones as “Kitty Warren” & Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins making her Broadway debut as “Vivie Warren”, directed by Tony® Award winner Doug Hughes at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St).  The cast will also feature Adam Driver as “Frank Gardner”, Mark Harelik as “Sir George Crofts”, Edward Hibbert as “Mr. Praed” & Michael Siberry as “Reverend Samuel Gardner”.

Mrs. Warren’s Profession will begin previews on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 and open officially on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010.   This is a limited engagement through Sunday, November 21st, 2010.

The design team includes Scott Pask (Sets), Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights) & David Van Tieghem (Sound).

George Bernard Shaw’s scorching tour de force Mrs. Warren’s Profession tells the story of Kitty Warren (Jones), a mother who makes a terrible sacrifice for her daughter Vivie’s (Hawkins) independence.  The clash of these two strong-willed but culturally constrained women is the spark that ignites the ironic wit of one of Shaw’s greatest plays.

Cherry Jones returns to Roundabout, and the American Airlines Theatre, following her role in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara (2001).  Doug Hughes is a Resident Director at Roundabout, where he recently staged A Man for All Seasons (2008), Howard Katz (2007) & A Touch of the Poet (2006).

Mrs. Warren’s Profession premiered on Broadway in 1905 at the Garrick Theatre and subsequently was revived on Broadway in 1907, 1918, 1922 and 1976.

Roundabout Theatre Company has a long association with George Bernard Shaw’s work, having staged over twenty productions since 1971. The most recent Shaw plays seen on Roundabout stages include Pygmalion (2007-2008, dir. David Grindley), Heartbreak House (2006-2007, dir. Robin LeFevre), Major Barbara (2000-2001, dir. Daniel Sullivan), Arms and the Man (1999-2000, dir. Roger Rees), You Never Can Tell (1997-1998), Misalliance (1996-1997) and Pygmalion (1991, dir. Paul Weidner).

Lead support for Mrs. Warren’s Profession provided by Roundabout’s Play Production Fund Partners: Beth and Ravenel Curry.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Beginning Monday, July 19th, tickets will be available exclusively to American Express® Cardmembers at www.roundabouttheatre.org, by phone at (212) 719-1300, or at the American Airlines Box Office (227West 42nd Street).

Public on-sale begins Friday, July 30th by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.  Ticket prices range from $67.00-117.00.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Mrs. Warren’s Profession will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.

BIOGRAPHIES:

CHERRY JONES (Kitty Warren).  Broadway credits include Doubt, Faith Healer, The Lincoln Center Theater production of The Heiress, Imaginary Friends, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Our Country’s Good, Angels in America, and for Roundabout The Night of the Iguana and Major Barbara. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Flesh & Blood, Pride’s Crossing, The Baltimore Waltz, The Good Person of Setzuan and 25 productions as a company member of the American Repertory Theatre, including Twelfth Night, The Three Sisters, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Lysistrata.  Film and TV credits:  Two seasons as President Allison Taylor on 24, Oceans’ Twelve, The Village, Signs, Swimmers, Cradle Will Rock, Erin Brockovich, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and the Lifetime Television movie “What Makes a Family.”  Awards include one Emmy, two Tonys, two Obies, two Joseph Jeffersons, two Lucille Lortels, three Drama Desks, three Outer Critics Circles, the Sidney Kingsley, the Elliott Norton, the Helen Hayes, and the Drama League.  Miss Jones is a native of Paris, Tennessee, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a proud member of Equity since 1978.

SALLY HAWKINS (Vivie Warren) received critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe Award, Silver Bear (Berlin) Award, Evening Standard Award, Hollywood Film Festival (Breakthrough Award), NY, LA, Mill Valley, San Francisco and Santa Barbara Film Critic’s Awards; as well as a host of nominations for her performance as ‘Poppy’ in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. The RADA trained Hawkins made her film debut as Samantha in All or Nothing, and was then seen as Susan in ‘Vera Drake’, both Mike Leigh films. Other film roles include Lone Scherfig’s An Education, Matthew Vaughan’s Layer Cake, Tom Shankland’s Waz, Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, Sherry Hormann’s Desert Flower, Stephen Burke’s Happy Ever Afters and most recently Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife. Upcoming films Love Birds directed by Paul Murphy, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre and a starring turn in Nigel Cole’s new film Made In Dagenham to be released Autumn 2010. Her performance as Anne Elliott in the ITV production of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ won her the Golden Nymph Award for Best Actress at the Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007 and the Royal Television Society Best Actress Award. Other television credits include leading roles in Simon Curtis’s adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s ’20, 000 Streets Under the Sky,’ ‘Tipping the Velvet,’ ‘Byron,’ in which she played Mary Shelley, ‘The Young Visiters,’ directed by David Yates, in which she starred opposite Jim Broadbent, ‘Fingersmith,’ two series of ‘Little Britain,’ as the recurring character Cathy, and she played the leading role in ‘Shiny, Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart’ for the BBC, directed by Marc Munden. Sally’s extensive theatre credits include playing the role of Adelea in the recent Howard Davis production of House of Bernarda Alba at The National Theatre opposite Penelope Wilton, to which she won rave reviews. She has appeared at The Royal Court Theatre in The Winterling directed by Ian Rickson and Country Music directed by Gordon Anderson. Her credits also include The Way Of The World (Wilton Music Hall), Misconceptions (Octagon), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (both at Regents Park Theatre), Perpalas (National Theatre Studio), The Cherry Orchard and Romeo & Juliet (both for Theatre Royal York), The Dybbuk and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (both for BAC), Svejk (The Gate Theatre), The Whore Of Babylon (Globe Ed. Centre) and As You Like It for The Buckingham Palace Gala. Sally was born in Lewisham, South East London.

ADAM DRIVER (Frank Gardner). Theater: Little Doc (Rattlestick), The Forest (CSC), The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons), Slipping (Rattlestick), Cipher (SPF). Television: “Law and Order: Brilliant Disguise”, “The Unusuals: The E.I.D” , “The Wonderful Maladays” (HBO), “You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO) Film: Not Waving But Drowning, Archangel, The Visit, Goldstar Ohio.

MARK HARELIK (Sir George Crofts). Broadway: The Light in the PIazza. Off-Broadway: Old Money, The House in Town, The Beard of Avon. Nat’l tour: The Heidi Chronicles. Regionally: Williamstown Theater Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, Denver Center Theater Company, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater. Film credits include For Your Consideration, Election, The Job, Meeting Spencer, Timer, Eulogy, Watching the Detectives, Jurassic Park III, Barbarians at the Gate. Television credits include Breaking Bad, Lie to Me, Monk, The Big Bang Theory, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Dirt, Sleeper Cell, Prison Break, Heroes, Medium, The Closer, Bones, Las Vegas, Desperate Housewives, Will and Grace, Raines, Seinfeld, Star Trek Voyager; and the television movies Deadly Honeymoon, War Stories, The Partridge Family, Hefner Unauthorized, and My Brother’s Keeper. He is the author of (and appeared in) The Immigrant, The Legacy, and Hank Williams – Lost Highway.

EDWARD HIBBERT (Mr. Praed). Broadway: Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird, Me and My Girl, Alice in Wonderland. Off-Broadway includes Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency, Jeffrey (Obie, Dramalogue), My Night with Reg and Privates on Parade.  London West End: THE The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lend Me a Tenor and Hamlet. Regional includes The School for Scandal (directed by Brian Bedford) at the Mark Taper, The Importance of Being Earnest (directed by Doug Hughes) at Long Wharf; Yale Rep, McCarter,Bay Street, and Ahmanson. Films include The Prestige, Finding Woodstock, First Wives Club, Everyone Says I Love You, The Paper. Numerous TV includes 11 seasons on “Frasier” as Gil Chesterton, “Law and Order SVU” and “Once Upon a Mattress” with Carol Burnett.

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MICHAEL SIBERRY (Reverend Samuel Gardner). Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice with Dustin Hoffman and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music opposite Rebecca Luker. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael performed such roles as Parrolles in All’s Well That Ends Well, Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby, which toured to Los Angeles and Broadway. London credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Giles in Alan Ayckbourne’s House & Garden at the National Theatre of Great Britain. He has recently starred in the American National tour of Spamalot. Also Peter Hall’s As You Like It (Theatre Royal, Bath and BAM), Candida (McCarter Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (McCarter Theatre and LaJolla Playhouse). Film and TVcredits include: Silent Witness, The Grand, Jeeves and Wooster, Under the Hammer and Victoria & Albert. Graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

DOUG HUGHES (Director).  Recent Broadway productions include The Royal Family, Oleanna, A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Frozen and Doubt.  This is Mr. Hughes’ seventh production with Roundabout Theatre, where he serves as the resident director. He has directed on and Off-Broadway and for most of the nation’s leading theatre companies. For his work on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt he received the 2005 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. He has also received Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Obie and Callaway awards for his productions.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (Playwright).  Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1856, George Bernard Shaw moved to London at the age of twenty.  He became the drama critic of the Saturday Review which was the first step in his progress towards a lifetime’s work as a dramatist. His first successful play, Candida, was produced in 1898, the same year he married Irish heiress, Charlotte Payne-Townshend. He followed this with a series of classic comedy-dramas, including The Devil’s Disciple (1897), Arms and the Man (1898), Mrs Warren’s Profession (1898), Captain Brassbound’s Conversion (1900), Caesar and Cleopatra (1901), Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1905), Androcles and the Lion (1912), and Pygmalion (1913). After World War I, he produced more serious dramas, including Heartbreak House (1919) and Saint Joan (1923). One of his more notable works, Pygmalion gained much recognition when My Fair Lady, a musical adapted from the play, became a hit. Shaw is the only person ever to have won both a Nobel Prize (for Literature in 1925) and an Academy Award (Best Screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938). He died on November 2, 1950 at the age of 94.

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Flatotel is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Department of State, the New York State Department of Education, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.  Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.

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