Light, Hecht return to Broadway

Actresses star in new Greenberg play at MTC

Judith Light and Jessica Hecht will topline a new play by Richard Greenberg, “The Assembled Parties,” set for a Broadway world preem from Manhattan Theater Club in the spring.

Light recently picked up a Tony for her perf in “Other Desert Cities,” which wrapped its run in June. Hecht, meanwhile, co-starred opposite Jim Parsons in “Harvey,” the strong-selling Roundabout Theater Company revival that shuttered Sunday.

Lynne Meadow, the a.d. of Gotham nonprofit MTC, directs the play about a former movie star and her sister-in-law whose annual holiday dinner is unexpectedly derailed by a house guest.

Assembled Parties” marks the second New York outing for Greenberg (“Take Me Out”) to be scheduled this season, with a tuner version of “Far from Heaven,” for which Greenberg penned the book, on tap for a May 2013 bow at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. MTC has produced a string of prior plays by the scribe, including “Three Days of Rain” and “The Violet Hour,” among others.

The play joins an MTC Broadway season that already includes a revival of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” and a Rialto stint for Sharr White’s play “The Other Place,” toplined by Laurie Metcalf.

“Assembled Parties” begins previews March 19 ahead of an April 17 opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Full casting and further details remain to be set.

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