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THE AMERICAN PLAN STARTS FINAL PERFORMANCES

MTC’S

THE AMERICAN PLAN

BEGINS FINAL 2 WEEKS

AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION TO CONCLUDE

EXTENDED ENGAGEMENT SUNDAY, MARCH 22

 

Manhattan Theatre Club‘s acclaimed production of Richard Greenberg‘s THE AMERICAN PLAN begins the final two weeks of its extended engagement tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

The production, directed by Tony Award nominee David Grindley (Journey’s End), will end its run on Sunday, March 22 after playing 23 previews and 69 regular performances.

 

THE AMERICAN PLAN was hailed by critics and received an extended engagement at the Friedman.

 

Below is a sampling of what the critics said about the production:

 

  • “Richard Greenberg’s elegant and incisive play has been given the revival it deserves by Manhattan Theatre Club. I can’t imagine a production being more artful than this one.”

– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

  • SPELLBINDING ENTERTAINMENT. A MUST-SEE. This splendid MTC production is smart, entertaining and keeps us guessing until the end, leaving haunting mysteries rippling out behind.”

– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

 

  • ASTUTE, COMPELLING, AND FUNNY. Lily Rabe is picture-perfect. As Mercedes Ruehl plays her, Eva is force of nature. The American Plan scintillates.”

– John Lahr, The New Yorker

 

THE AMERICAN PLAN stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey’s End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe and Tonyâ and Academy Awardâ winner Mercedes Ruehl.

 

It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control may be lost forever.

 

The Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN will mark MTC’s eighth collaboration with Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original Off-Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include: Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.

 

The creative team for THE AMERICAN PLAN includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design), and Tom Watson (wig design).

 

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 a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; 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’

 

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE AMERICAN PLAN:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to THE AMERICAN PLAN are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$106.50. Pending availability, student rush tickets may be offered the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50. 
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

 

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THE AMERICAN PLAN ANNOUNCES EXTENSION

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE AMERICAN PLAN

ANNOUNCES EXTENSION

 

ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION NOW ON SALE

THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 22

 

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce that due to popular demand, their acclaimed production of Richard Greenberg‘s THE AMERICAN PLAN has been extended through Sunday, March 22 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

THE AMERICAN PLAN, directed by Tony nominee David Grindley (Journey’s End, Pygmalion), has been hailed by critics since it opened on Thursday, January 22. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the production “exquisite” and Charles Isherwood recently called the play “splendid.”

 

The production stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey’s End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe and Tonyâ and Academy Awardâ winner Mercedes Ruehl.

 

It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control may be lost forever.

 

The Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN will mark MTC’s eighth collaboration with Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original Off-Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include: Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.

 

The creative team for THE AMERICAN PLAN includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design), and Tom Watson (wig design).

 

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 a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; 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’

 

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

 TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE AMERICAN PLAN:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to THE AMERICAN PLAN are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$106.50. Pending availability, student rush tickets may be offered the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50. 
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 1: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 8: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – SUNDAY, MARCH 22 (INCLUDING EXTENSION WEEK): Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com  

MTC’S THE AMERICAN PLAN HAILED BY CRITICS

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE AMERICAN PLAN

HAILED BY CRITICS

 

“Richard Greenberg’s elegant and incisive play

has been given the revival it deserves by Manhattan Theatre Club.

I can’t imagine a production being more artful than this one.”

— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Richard Greenberg‘s THE AMERICAN PLAN is being hailed by critics following last week’s star-studded opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

Below is a sample of what the critics had to say about the production:

 

“EXQUISITE. Richard Greenberg’s drama crackles with friction and muted suspense, stoked by the throb of stifled desires. David Grindley and his cast make the play as engaging and pot boiling as a soap opera. Mercedes Ruehl is masterly while the distinctive Lily Rabe summons exactly the gamines of the period.”

  • Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

BRILLIANT. Written with charismatic eloquence by Richard Greenberg. Lily Rabe continues to blossom into one of the most beguiling stage actresses of her generation.” 

  • Elysa Gardner,USA Today

 

“ASTUTE, COMPELLING, AND FUNNY. Lily Rabe is picture-perfect. As Mercedes Ruehl plays her, Eva is force of nature. The American Plan scintillates.”

  • John Lahr, The New Yorker

 

“A FUN RIDE. Mercedes Ruehl is marvelous. You will love her even more after you see the show.”

  • David Richardson, WOR Radio

 

“MESMERIZING. An absorbing reflection on relationships carved out of disappointment and resignation. The acerbic wit of Greenberg’s dialogue and the frequent acuity of his psychological insights keep The American Plan engrossing.  Mercedes Ruehl’s flamboyance and natural authority make Eva a fascinating figure. Lily Rabe, who is rapidly growing into one of the most compelling young actresses on the New York stage, gives her role a marvelous, fragile complexity. She’s mesmerizing.”

  • David Rooney, Variety

  

“Think The Glass Menagerie and The Light in the Piazza, in the looming shadow of Brokeback Mountain. Mercedes Ruehl is a force of nature.”

  • Barbara Hoffman, New York Post

 

“THE CAST SHINES. This is Lily Rabe’s finest, most complex performance so far. Kieran Campion, Brenda Pressley, and a particularly fine Austin Lysy bring nuance to their roles.”

  • Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News

 

“AN EVENING FULL OF SURPRISES. Mercedes Ruehel is a great treat. A smart and funny actress who knows how to command the stage, she dives headlong into her juicy role. David Grindley does a fine job. Compelling!”  

  • Robert Feldberg,The Bergen Record

 

“EXCELLENT. Theatergoers would be hard-pressed these days to find a play as emotionally and thematically complex as Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan, now being given an excellent revival by Manhattan Theatre Club. A worthy production thanks in large part to Jonathan Fensom’s elegant scenic design and Mark McCullough’s atmospheric lighting design.”

  • Andy Propst, Theatermania

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE AMERICAN PLAN

Richard Greenberg’s THE AMERICAN PLAN is currently playing at MTC’s Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play, directed by Tony nominee David Grindley (Journey’s End, Pygmalion), stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey’s End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe and Tonyâ and Academy Awardâ winner Mercedes Ruehl.

 

It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control may be lost forever.

 

The Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN will mark MTC’s eighth collaboration with Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original New York production of THE AMERICAN PLAN which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include: Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.

 

The creative team for THE AMERICAN PLAN includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design), and Tom Watson (wig design).

 

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 a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; 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’

 

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE AMERICAN PLAN:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to THE AMERICAN PLAN are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$106.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 1: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 8: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – SUNDAY, MARCH 15: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com  

 

 

MTC’S THE AMERICAN PLAN RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

MTC’s production of THE AMERICAN PLAN opened yesterday and is being heralded today by critics.

 

Below is Ben Brantley‘s rave review of the production which ran in today’s New York Times.

 

Richard Greenberg’s THE AMERICAN PLAN is directed by David Grindley and features Kieran Campion, Austin Lysy, Brenda Pressley, Lily Rabe, and Mercedes Ruehl at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

 

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/theater/reviews/23plan.html?pagewanted=print

 

January 23, 2009

THEATER REVIEW | ‘THE AMERICAN PLAN’

Rapunzel in the Catskills

By BEN BRANTLEY

 

Fear itself is something to fear in “The American Plan” by Richard Greenberg, an elegant and incisive 1990 play that has been given the revival it deserves by the Manhattan Theater Club. In David Grindley’s subtle yet shimmeringly clear production, which opened Thursday night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, a scared wariness defines and confines the existences of people in retreat or out for conquest at a Catskills resort in 1960.

 

Ruin has taught them to ruminate that life does things to you – random, cruel things – that must always be guarded against. “The world has a wish for you, and it’s never good,” says Eva Adler (a masterly Mercedes Ruehl), a wealthy German Jew who, with her husband, caught “the last boat out” of the homeland two decades earlier. Her daughter, Lili (Lily Rabe), who grew up in gloomy, insular splendor in Manhattan, remembers her mother singing to her, “The Nazis haven’t found us/But darling, they’re all around us.”

 

Eva probably never used those exact words. Lili has a way of telling lies that are in essence true. Fey, fragile and golden-haired, she’s the princess in a tower in a fairy tale, waiting for deliverance from the captivity of her vigilant dragon mother. Small wonder that when she meets the man she anoints as her savior knight – Nick Lockridge (Kieran Campion), a handsome WASP – what enchants her is that he looks, she tells him, “like nothing ever happened to you.” That notion may well be the biggest tale of all.

 

People rarely talk about doing or having done things in the precisely and exquisitely written “American Plan”; instead they speak of what happened to them. Not only Lili but also the other characters seem under a kind of enchantment that keeps them paralyzed in passivity.

Out of such innately inactive types Mr. Greenberg has woven a drama that crackles with friction and a muted suspense, stoked by the throb of stifled desires. The people in “The American Plan” bring to mind the caution-crippled characters of Henry James, just as this drama’s plot evokes the James novella “Washington Square,” another tale of an heiress trapped by parental tyranny.

 But what this production brings out so beautifully is how Mr. Greenberg – unlike James, who longed for and never achieved success as a playwright – combines novelistic nuance with theatrical flash. There probably isn’t a more consciously literary play on the boards in Manhattan now (well, from the past century, anyway) than “The American Plan,” which is as precisely patterned as a sonnet by Milton. Yet Mr. Grindley and his cast make the play as engaging as a potboiling soap opera.

 

A playwright of steady and ambitious output, Mr. Greenberg has established himself as a specialist in the lives of the fearful. (His play “The Dazzle,” produced in 2002, was about those ultimate shut-ins the Collyer brothers.) And he never presents fear as merely an individual trait, but as the product, at least in part, of societal shaping. It is significant that “The American Plan” is set in 1960, at the juncture of two decades with very different historical associations.

For in its look and surface sensibility, “The American Plan” suggests the quintessential 1950s Broadway play. The whimsical, eccentric, fantasy-prone young heroine; the handsome drifter who wanders into her life; the music of yearning that seems to hum in everyone’s mind: such elements, typical of a work by, say, William Inge, are conspicuously in evidence here.

 

But Mr. Greenberg brings sharp but compassionate hindsight to the era that places it in the context of its immediate past and future: of the anxious aftermath of World War II – and the propriety of the prosperity that succeeded it – and the heady freedom of the 1960s. (The play’s final scene takes place in 1970, with the noise of student protesters in the background.) The suspense of “The American Plan” derives from our wondering whether Lili and Nick will catch, as it were, the last boat out of the 1950s.

 

 If they do, they must overcome the formidable Eva, and Ms. Ruehl’s performance makes it apparent this is no small task. A statuesque woman who wears her sorrows like jewelry, Eva is witty, well bred and at times cozy in the manner of a doting Jewish aunt. But she is also, always, on the qui vive, ready to deflect any bid to break into the willfully isolated world she has created.

 

 In the play’s first scene, when Nick asks Lili, “You’re with your mother?” she answers, “Forever,” in a voice that sounds chilled by the crypt. Ms. Ruehl’s Eva fully justifies the implications of that sound.

 

 It should be said that Ms. Rabe, a distinctive young actress who has appeared in “Steel Magnolias” and “Crimes of the Heart,” holds her own against the imposing Ms. Ruehl. She understands Lili as a 1950s archetype, and she summons exactly the neurotic gamines of the period, played by Julie Harris and Kim Stanley, right down to the otherworldly inflections. (She looks every inch the Eisenhower-era ingénue in Jonathan Fensom’s summer dresses.)

 

She also evokes, in addition to the expected tremulous anguish, the instinctive strategist within Lili’s wayward, seemingly irrational behavior. Not for nothing is Lili her mother’s daughter.

You don’t realize how good Mr. Campion’s interpretation of the clean-cut, Ivy League Nick is until the play reveals the history behind the pose. “The American Plan” is made up of carefully layered revelations that should not be described in advance. Suffice it to say that Nick is by no means the tabula rasa that Lili longs for him to be. Everyone in “The American Plan” has been written upon, densely and in indelible ink.

 

That presumably includes Olivia Shaw (nicely underplayed by Brenda Pressley), Eva and Lili’s companion and caretaker, though she reveals little about herself. Being an African-American at that time and place, she doesn’t need to. In the role of an acquaintance of Nick’s, who drops by like an ambassador from WASPland in the second act, Austin Lysy slyly creates a character who for all his cultural differences from Eva is the one most on her wavelength.

 

Manhattan Theater Club staged the 1990 New York productions of “The American Plan.” And while I didn’t see them, I can’t imagine their being more artful than this one. Everything matches and echoes everything else in this interpretation from Mr. Grindley (who directed the Tony-winning revival of “Journey’s End”), but in ways that creep up on you.

Water, for example, seems to be the dominant element in Mr. Fensom’s lyrical set, a lake of reflective surfaces centered on a revolving dock. Eva says she doesn’t trust the seductive, limitlessness ocean; she comes to the Catskills because she likes the “tangible borders” of mountains. Yet everything in life as imagined in “The American Plan” is built on water. The choice is to plunge in and swim or to drown, in another way, on shore.

 

THE AMERICAN PLAN

By Richard Greenberg; directed by David Grindley; sets and costumes by Jonathan Fensom; lighting by Mark McCullough; sound by Darron L. West and Bray Poor; wig design by Tom Watson; production stage manager, Laurie Goldfeder; general manager, Florie Seery; associate artistic director, Mandy Greenfield; production manager, Kurt Gardner. Presented by the Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow, artistic director; Barry Grove, executive producer. At the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, 261 West 47th Street, Manhattan; (212) 239-6200. Through March 15. Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes.

 

WITH: Kieran Campion (Nick Lockridge), Austin Lysy (Gil Harbison), Brenda Pressley (Olivia Shaw), Lily Rabe (Lili Adler) and Mercedes Ruehl (Eva Adler).

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

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THE AMERICAN PLAN OPENS TONIGHT AT MTC’S FRIEDMAN THEATRE

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF RICHARD GREENBERG’S

THE AMERICAN PLAN

TO OPEN TONIGHT

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

Manhattan Theatre Club‘s Broadway production of Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg’s THE AMERICAN PLAN opens tonight at MTC’s Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play, directed by Tony nominee David Grindley (Journey’s End, Pygmalion), stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey’s End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe and Tonyâ and Academy Awardâ winner Mercedes Ruehl.

 

It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control may be lost forever.

 

The Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN will mark MTC’s eighth collaboration with Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original New York production of THE AMERICAN PLAN which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include: Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.

 

The creative team for THE AMERICAN PLAN includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design), and Tom Watson (wig design).

 

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 a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; 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’

 

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE AMERICAN PLAN:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to THE AMERICAN PLAN are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 1: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 8: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – SUNDAY, MARCH 15: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com  

 

The American Plan’s Richard Greenberg Featured in New York Magazine

THE AMERICAN PLAN PLAYWRIGHT

RICHARD GREENBERG

FEATURED IN NEW YORK MAGAZINE 

BROADWAY PREMIERE TO BEGIN PREVIEWS FRIDAY

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Tony Awardâ-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, whose play THE AMERICAN PLAN begins previews this Friday at Manhattan Theatre Club, is featured in the issue of New York Magazine on stands today.

Greenberg spoke to reporter Dan Kois about revisiting his play which received its New York premiere in 1990 at MTC’s Off-Broadway space at New York City Center. Greenberg discussed the revisions he has made to the play as it prepares to make its Broadway premiere at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE AMERICAN PLAN

Greenberg’s THE AMERICAN PLAN is directed by David Grindley (Journey’s End, Pygmalion and stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey’s End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe and Tonyâ and Academy Awardâ winner Mercedes Ruehl.

The limited engagement of THE AMERICAN PLAN will begin previews on Friday, January 2, 2009 and open on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at MTC’s Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control may be lost forever.

The Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN will mark MTC’s eighth collaboration with Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original New York production of THE AMERICAN PLAN which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include: Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.

The creative team for THE AMERICAN PLAN includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design), and Tom Watson (wig design).

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 a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; 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’

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE AMERICAN PLAN:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to THE AMERICAN PLAN are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 2 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 4: Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 & 7 PM. Please note, there is no Saturday matinee this week.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 18: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 – SUNDAY, MARCH 1: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 8: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – SUNDAY, MARCH 15: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

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THE AMERICAN PLAN ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING

 

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR BROADWAY PRODUCTION

OF RICHARD GREENBERG’S

THE AMERICAN PLAN

DIRECTED BY TONYâ NOMINEE DAVID GRINDLEY

 

LILY RABE & MERCEDES RUEHL TO BE JOINED BY

BENJAMIN EAKELEY, AUSTIN LYSY, & BRENDA PRESSLEY

 

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming Broadway premiere of Richard Greenberg‘s THE AMERICAN PLAN which will be directed by Tonyâ nominee David Grindley (Journey’s End).

 

The previously announced Lily Rabe and Mercedes Ruehl will be joined by Benjamin Eakeley (Sweeney Todd), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte), and Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer).

 

The limited engagement of THE AMERICAN PLAN will begin previews on Friday, January 2, 2009 and open on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at MTC’s Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe) and her mother Eva (Tonyâ and Academy Awardâ winner Mercedes Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Benjamin Eakeley) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control may be lost forever.

 

The Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN will mark MTC’s eighth collaboration with Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original New York production of THE AMERICAN PLAN which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include: Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.

 

The creative team for THE AMERICAN PLAN includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design), and Tom Watson (wig design).

 

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 a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; 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’

 

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE AMERICAN PLAN:

  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to THE AMERICAN PLAN are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 2 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 4: Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 & 7 PM. Please note, there is no Saturday matinee this week.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 18: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 – SUNDAY, MARCH 1: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 8: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – SUNDAY, MARCH 15: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

BENJAMIN EAKELEY (Nick Lockridge) made his Broadway debut in John Doyle’s critically acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd (standby for Anthony, Tobias, and The Beadle), and played The Beadle in the 2007-08 national tour. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), Illyria (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dumaine) at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the national tour of Cabaret (Ernst). Film and TV: The Good Shepherd (director Robert De Niro), “As the World Turns,” and the upcoming An Englishman in New York, with John Hurt. He is a graduate of Yale University.

 

AUSTIN LYSY (Gil Harbison). Off-Broadway: Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Public-NYSF), All That I Will Ever Be (NYTW); The Water’s Edge (Second Stage); Manic Flight Reaction, Other People (Playwrights Horizons); Hobson’s Choice (Atlantic). Broadway: Macbeth. New York: The Fall (Toad Productions/Singularity), Hunter for Hunter Green (Singularity). Regional: The Violet Hour (Barrington Stage); Romeo & Juliet; The Water’s Edge; The Chekhov Cycle; Loot; Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Williamstown); Butley (Huntington); Hay Fever (Westport). TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order,” “Gossip Girl,” “Six Degrees,” “Hack,” Everybody’s Fine, Poster Boy, Hitch, Brooklyn Lobster, Perfume. Graduate of Northwestern University.

 

BRENDA PRESSLEY (Olivia Shaw). Broadway: Dreamgirls (original company), Cats, The Moony Shapiro Songbook. Off-Broadway: The First Breeze of Summer, Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?, Seven Guitars, Fran’s Bed, Goodwill, Marvin’s Room, And the World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (Outer Critics Circle Award), Blues in the Night. Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab 2002, The Old Settler (Freedom Theatre, 2000 Barrymore Award, Best Actress; McCarter Theatre world premiere; and The Long Wharf Theatre), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Cincinnati Play House, the Old Globe), Jar the Floor (Syracuse Stage), A Raisin in the Sun (Ford’s Theatre), To Be Young Gifted and Black (The Kennedy Center). Film: 16 Blocks, Cradle Will Rock (written and directed by Tim Robbins), Twisted, It Could Happen to You.  Television:  “Law & Order,” “Deadline,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “New York Undercover,” “Daddy’s Girl,” “Harambee!,” “Educating Matt Waters,” HBO’s “LifeStories,” and “Brewster’s Place” (with Oprah Winfrey).

LILY RABE (Lili Adler). Broadway: Heartbreak House (Roundabout Theatre Company, Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination); Steel Magnolias (Lyceum Theatre, Drama Desk Nomination). Off Broadway: Crimes of the Heart (Roundabout Theatre Company), Colder Than Here (MCC). Regional: Crimes of the Heart (Williamstown), Proof (Gloucester Stage Co.), Crazy Girl (GSC), Speaking Well of the Dead (GSC).  Film: All Good Things (Upcoming), Aftermath (Upcoming), What Just Happened, The Toe Tactic, No Reservations, A Crime, Mona Lisa Smile, Never Again. Television: “Last of the Ninth” (pilot for HBO), “Nip/Tuck,” “Medium,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Education: Northwestern University.

MERCEDES RUEHL (Eva Adler) came to prominence in Jonathan Demme’s Married to the Mob. She earned an Academy Award, Golden Globe, L.A. and Chicago Film Critics Society awards for her role in The Fisher King. Other films include Warriors, Big, Heartburn, Slaves of New York, Another You, Last Action Hero, Lost in Yonkers, What’s Cooking, The Amati Girls, For Rosanna and The Minus Man. Her career was launched in regional repertories in the works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Chekhov and Euripides, and she went on to receive Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Helen Hayes awards for her role in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, later reprising her role in the film. Other Broadway credits include The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination); The Rose Tattoo; Shadowbox (Tony nomination); and I’m Not Rappaport. Off-Broadway credits include The Occupant (Signature), Woman Before a Glass (Obie Award), Other People’s Money (Clarence Derwent Award), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Coming of Age in Soho, The Vagina Monologues and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Guthrie Theatre. She recently completed an acclaimed run of Viva La Vida! at the Bay Street Theatre. Among her television credits are the Emmy Award-winning “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” HBO’s “Gia,” Hallmark’s “The Lost Child,” Court TV’s “Guilt by Association” and Showtime’s “North Shore Fish.” Television guest appearances include “Entourage,” “Frasier,” “Law & Order” and “The Cosby Show.” For Lifetime TV she starred in last year’s “Mom at Sixteen” and this year’s “A Girl Like Me.”

 

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