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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 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 Tony Award winner Julie White with Aya Cash, Will Rogers, and Joel Van Liew.

FROM UP HERE will mark Julie White’s first New York stage role since receiving the Best Actress Tony Award for her hilarious and moving performance in Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed. For her work in the play’s original Off-Broadway production, she received an Obie Award as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, and Drama League nominations. White’s other theatre credits include: Spike Heels, Family of Mann, and Bad Dates all with frequent collaborator Theresa Rebeck; The Heidi Chronicles; Dinner With Friends; Fiction; and Barbra’s Wedding.

In FROM UP HERE, Kenny Barrett did something that has everyone 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 is a darkly funny and unexpectedly moving family story.

Julie White will play Grace Warren, the recently remarried mother of Kenny and Lauren Barrett. Aya Cash will play Lauren, Kenny Barrett’s sister; Will Rogers will play Charlie, a schoolmate of Lauren and Kenny’s, and Joel Van Liew will play the dual roles of Mr. Goldberger, the school counselor, and Stevens, a recent acquaintance of the family.

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), and David Caparelliotis (casting).

Additional casting and creative team members for the production will be announced in the coming weeks.

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 unparalled 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

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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.

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.

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.

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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