Three productions set for 2012-13
Gotham nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club has added a trio of productions to its 2011-12 slate, with thesps attached including Edie Falco, Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas.Falco will star in the world preem of “The Madrid” by Liz Flahive, a scribe who is on the staff of Falco-toplined Showtime skein “Nurse Jackie.” The play, an MTC commission, centers on a kindergarten teacher who abruptly leaves her husband and daughter. Production, set to begin previews Feb. 5 ahead of a Feb. 26 opening at MTC’s Off Broadway stage at City Center, will be helmed by Leigh Silverman (“Chinglish”), who also directed the MTC staging of Flahive’s “From Up Here.” Gaines, currently appearing in MTC’s “The Columnist,” and Thomas will star in a Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” about a doctor (Gaines) whose discovery of contaminated water pits him against business interests that want him to stay quiet. Brit scribe Rebecca Lenkiewicz pens the new version of the 1882 play, to be helmed by Doug Hughes (“Doubt”). Show starts previews Sept. 4 prior to an opening set for Sept. 27 at MTC’s Friedman Theater. Also on tap for the MTC season is the Gotham bow of “Golden Age,” the Terrence McNally play that bowed in 2010 in a co-production from the Philadelphia Theater Company and D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Walter Bobbie (“Chicago,” “Venus in Fur”) will once again helm the show, about the backstage turmoil at the 1835 preem of Bellini opera “I Puritani.” Show will play City Center in a run that kicks off previews Nov. 13 and opens Dec. 4. Further shows for MTC’s upcoming season remain to be set.