MTC Announces Full Casting for THE PERPLEXED
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:24 pm EST 12/04/19

Manhattan Theatre Club
Announces Gregg Edelman and Eric William Morris
To Join the Company of the World Premiere of
The Perplexed

By Tony Award Winner Richard Greenberg
Directed by MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow

Patrick Breen, Margaret Colin, Tess Frazer,
Anna Itty, Ilana Levine, Zane Pais, JD Taylor, Frank Wood

Previews begin February 11, 2020
Opening Night is Tuesday, March 3, 2020

at New York City Center Stage I

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce the full company for the world premiere of The Perplexed, written by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, The Assembled Parties) and directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Cake, The Assembled Parties, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife).

Gregg Edelman (City Of Angels, Into the Woods) and Eric William Morris (King Kong, Coram Boy) join previously announced cast members Patrick Breen (The New Englanders, The Normal Heart), Margaret Colin (The Columnist, Carousel), Tess Frazer ("Godless," Mary Page Marlowe), Anna Itty (His Man, Learning to Drive), Ilana Levine (My Name is Asher Lev, Wrong Mountain), Zane Pais (Margo at The Wedding, "Room 104"), JD Taylor (Georgia Mertching Is Dead, "Law & Order: SVU"), and Frank Wood (The Great Society, "Flight of the Concords").

The Perplexed will begin previews Tuesday, February 11 prior to a Tuesday, March 3 opening night at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Two families, whose lives have been tumultuously intertwined for decades, gather in the massive library of a Fifth Avenue apartment to celebrate the nuptials of their children. Nothing goes smoothly and as the big moment approaches, the burning question is: can everyone put aside long-smoldering jealousies and deep-seated grudges and just get through the ceremony? The Perplexed, a bitingly witty new play, reunites Tony winner Richard Greenberg with MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow.

The creative team for The Perplexed includes Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design), and Fitz Patton (sound design).

As previously announced, MTC's 2019-2020 productions include the American premiere of The Height of the Storm, written by Tony Award nominee Florian Zeller (The Father), translated by Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and directed by Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Jonathan Kent (Long Day's Journey into Night), starring Olivier and Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon ) and Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins (Doubt, The Retreat From Moscow); the American premiere of My Name is Lucy Barton, written by Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge), adapted by Rona Munro (The James Trilogy), and directed by Richard Eyre (The Crucible), starring Laura Linney (Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes); and the Broadway premiere How I Learned to Drive, written by Paula Vogel (Indecent), directed by Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg), starring Mary-Louise Parker (Proof) and David Morse (The Iceman Cometh) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway; the world premiere of Bella Bella, written and performed by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Casa Valentina) and directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced); the world premiere of The Perplexed, written by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) and directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Cake); and the co-world premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen (Vietgone) and directed by May Adrales (Vietgone) at New York City Center - Stage I; and the world premiere of The New Englanders by Jeff Augustin (Little Children Dream of God) and directed by Saheem Ali (Sugar in Our Wounds), and the world premiere of The Best We Could (a family tragedy), written by Emily Feldman (We've Come To Believe) and directed by Daniel Aukin (Fool For Love) at New York City Center - Stage II.

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 27 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; INK by James Graham; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes; August Wilson's Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay- Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Tickets for The Perplexed can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, email GroupSales@mtc-nyc.org or call (212) 399-3000 x4132.

New and renewing subscribers can join MTC's 2018-2019 season now by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. For more information, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.

To sign up for MTC's "30 Under 35" program, offering $30 tickets for theatregoers age 35 and under, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under35/.


Patrick Breen (James Arlen) has compiled an eclectic range of acting credits in television, film and theater. Patrick made his Broadway debut in Brighton Beach Memoirs and has since appeared in over 30 films such as Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty, For Love or Money and Men In Black. Other movies not directed by Mr. Sonnenfeld include: Ishtar, The Bleeding House, One True Thing, and Galaxy Quest. Patrick has appeared in numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning shows such as "Frasier," "Will and Grace," "Sex and the City," "CSI" and "Simon." Patrick was a series regular on "Kevin Hill" and has recurred on such shows as "The Good Wife," "Brain Dead," "Royal Pains," and "Madam Secretary." Most recently, Patrick has appeared in "Criminal Minds," "Show Me A Hero," "The Slap," "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for Netflix, and on stage in MTC's The New Englanders. Patrick is not only an accomplished actor, but also a playwright and a screenwriter. Patrick first branched off into screenwriting with back-to-back indie features, which he both acted in and scripted. These were East of A and the ensemble comedy Just A Kiss starring Ron Eldard, Kyra Sedgwick, and Marisa Tomei. Patrick is a co-founder of MCC and Naked Angels Theater Company. He returned to Broadway in 2011 in The Normal Heart and starred in the Long Wharf Theater production of Steve Martin's Meteor Shower.

Margaret Colin (Evy Arlen-Stahl) made her Broadway debut in the title role of Jackie, for which she received a Theatre World Award. She received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her last appearance at Manhattan Theatre Club in John Patrick Shanley's Defiance, as well as for her performance in MTC's Aristocrats. She has been seen on and off Broadway in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Columnist, Arcadia, Speaking in Tongues, Old Acquaintance, Taking Care of Baby, Hamlet, Portrayal, Triptych, Temporary Help, Psychopathia Sexualis, and Sight Unseen. She most recently appeared on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Carousel. Her film credits include Equity, First Daughter, The Missing Person, Unfaithful, Blue Car, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Devil's Own, Independence Day, The Butcher's Wife, Something Wild, Like Father Like Son, Three Men and a Baby, True Believer and Amos & Andrew. Television audiences know her from her roles on "VEEP" (SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series), "Shades of Blue," "The I-Land," "The Enemy Within," "Gossip Girl," and "Now and Again," among other series and television.

Gregg Edelman (Ted Resnik) is an actor, director, and teacher. As an actor, his fifteen Broadway shows include City of Angels, Into The Woods, 1776, Les Miserables, and Cabaret. His stage work has earned him four Tony Award Nominations, as well as a Drama Desk Award. Other NYC stage productions include A.R. Gurney's Black Tie, Forbidden Broadway, Opening Doors, and the 2017 Harold Prince production of Candide at New York City Opera. Recent TV: "The Sinner" (recurring), "House of Cards" (recurring), "Shades of Blue" (recurring), "Evil," "Brain Dead," and "Dead Beat." Film: Crimes and Misdemeanors, Spiderman 2, Green Card, Liberal Arts, among others. Directing credits include Constellations, What We May Be, Arsenic and Old Lace and Coming Back Like A Song. Projects in development include The History of Light, Dating In Hell, and The Man In The Front Room.

Tess Frazer (Isabelle Stahl) starred opposite Michelle Dockery and Merritt Weaver in Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank's Netflix series "Godless". Her film work includes Fan Girl with Meg Ryan and Kiernan Shipka, Woody Allen's Café Society with Jesse Eisenberg, and Write When You Get Work with Emily Mortimer. Tess recently appeared off-Broadway in Second Stage's production of Tracy Letts's Mary Page Marlowe directed by Lila Neugebauer in the role of Lorna, which she oringinated in the world premiere of the play at Steppenwolf Theatre directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Other New York theatre includes The Poor of New York and The Fifth Woman (Metropolitan Playhouse); This Property is Condemned (Abingdon Theater); Midsummer Night's Dream (Gorilla Rep); and All My Sons (Morningside Players). She is a graduate of the famed LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and trained at Maggie Flanigan Studio and Circle in the Square.

Anna Itty (Patricia Waloo) is delighted to be returning to Manhattan Theatre Club. Recent theater includes: India Pale Ale (understudy, MTC), Rise of the River (New York Theatre Workshop), Wherever We May Be (Luna Stage). Film/New Media: Learning to Drive (with Ben Kingsley), Hiding Divya (with Madhur Jaffrey), Merce, Motherstruck (with Staceyann Chin and Gina Yashere ). She just wrapped the short Your Hands In My Hair, soon to be seen at festivals. Anna has studied at the Barrow Group and graduated from Level 5 improv at The PIT. Much love and gratitude to her sister Alice, Ron Dizon, and Maryann Raposo & team at Dream Maker Talent.

Ilana Levine (Natalie Hochberg-Resnik). On Broadway, Ilana is best known to musical theater fans for her comedic turn as "Lucy Van Pelt" in the Broadway revival of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Ilana also starred in the Broadway productions of Jake's Women, Wrong Mountain and The Last Night Of Ballyhoo. She has performed on the Tony Awards. Her ability to portray characters with raw honesty, humor, and pathos has sustained her career as an actress for over 25 years. She first appeared on the scene in the HBO series "Tanner '88" directed by Robert Altman and quickly was plucked by Vanity Fair journalist James Wolcott as an "up and comer to watch." "Seinfeld" fans recognize her from the infamous episode "The Contest." She has appeared in many television shows and films including "Divorce," "Law and Order," "Tanner on Tanner," "Damages," "The Job," "Cashmere Mafia," Confessions of a Shopaholic, Kissing Jessica Stein, Gigantic, Ira and Abby, Failure to Launch, The Nanny Diaries, Friends with Kids, and Five Flights Up. She has starred in numerous plays Off- Broadway and at the Kennedy Center and is a founding member of the infamous New York theater company Naked Angels. For the past three years Ilana has been cited as a "Twitter Influencer To Follow" and she hosts a highly successful podcast called " Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine. " She also has a filmed series which features interviews with famous actors called "Little Known Facts - The Series" which can be found on The Stage Network. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, actor Dominic Fumusa and their two children.

Eric William Morris (Cyrus Bloom ) most recently played Carl Denham in Broadway's King Kong. He made his debut in Coram Boy, and then went on to play the role of "Sky" in Mamma Mia! on Broadway. He frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording, Two River Theatre) Things To Ruin (OCR, 2nd Stage) and Bloodsong Of Love (Ars Nova). TV/Film Include: "Mind Hunter", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel","Quantico", "Blue Bloods", and the feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets, & Bourbon. Other Regional/Off- Broadway credits include: Songbird (Two River Theatre & 59E59) The Ballad Of Little Jo (Two River) The Last Goodbye and Dog & Pony, (both at The Old Globe) and Tennessee Williams' Talk to me Like The Rain… (Theatre Row Studio). Eric is also a Company Member of ANIMUS, and his play Running Interference (written with Ashley Rodbro) won Best Ensemble at the NYC Fringe (2015) and is currently being developed into a feature length film.

ZANE PAIS (Micah Stahl). Select Theatre: Sunday (Atlantic Theater Company, dir. Lee Sunday Evans), Dead Poets Society (CSC, dir. John Doyle), Mercury Fur (The New Group, dir. Scott Elliott), and Skylight (McCarter Theater, dir. Emily Mann). Film/TV: "Room 104" (HBO, dir. Lila Neugebauer), Margot at the Wedding (dir. Noah Baumbach), Alba & June (short, dir. Pepi Ginsberg), and Minyan (upcoming, dir. Eric Steel). Zane also wrote a television pilot which was optioned by Sony.

JD Taylor (Caleb Resnik). Theater credits include: Apologia, The Last Match (Roundabout), Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout Underground), Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP Theater), Georgia Mertching Is Dead (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Jiehae Park's peerless (Yale Rep), The Understudy (McCarter), Rich Girl (The Old Globe), Ironbound, The Last Match (Pittsburgh City Theatre), Ed, Downloaded (Denver Center Theatre), Leslye Headland's Bachelorette (Studio Theatre, D.C.), Red (Asolo Rep & Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Dial M For Murder (Bucks County Playhouse), She Stoops To Conquer (Williamstown Theatre Festival), I Hate Hamlet (Dorset Theatre Festival). TV/Film credits include: Law & Order: SVU, Madam Secretary, Elementary, The Good Wife, and The Mend. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.

Frank Wood (Joseph Stahl). The Tony Award and the Drama League Award for Sideman. Broadway: The Great Society; Network; The Iceman Cometh; Clybourne Park; August: Osage County; Born Yesterday; Hollywood Arms. Off-Broadway: In The Blood; Can You Forgive Her; The Babylon Line; The Nether; Angels in America; Spring Awakening. Film: Joker; Detroit; Gold; St. Vincent; Changeling; Taking of Pelham 123; Dan in Real Life; Thirteen Days; Pollock; People I Know; In America; Down to You; Royal Tennenbaums. TV: "Prodigal Son"; "Blacklist"; "The Get Down"; "The Night Of"; "Mozart in the Jungle"; "Newsroom"; "Younger"; "The Good Wife"; "Modern Family"; "Elementary"; "Blue Bloods"; "The Knick"; "Girls"; "Flight of the Conchords"; "Grey's Anatomy"; "Sopranos"; "Law & Order: SVU". Regional: Goodman Theatre; ACT; Long Wharf Theatre; Hartford Stage; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Cincinnati Playhouse; Arena Stage, DC; Mark Taper Forum; New York Stage & Film. Education: BA, Wesleyan University; MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

RICHARD GREENBERG (Playwright) is the author of The Babylon Line, Our Mother's Brief Affair, The Assembled Parties (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Take Me Out (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award), The House in Town, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer finalist), The American Plan, and many other plays.

LYNNE MEADOW (Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club) has been the artistic visionary and leader of MTC since 1972, creating hundreds of new productions both on and off Broadway. Her artistic accomplishments have put the company at the forefront of the American theatre. Lynne has directed dozens of U.S. and New York premieres including Bekah Brunstetter's The Cake, Penelope Skinner's Linda, Margaret Edson's Wit, Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties and Our Mother's Brief Affair, David Rudkin's Ashes, Donald Margulies' Collected Stories, Alan Ayckbourn's Woman in Mind and A Small Family Business, and Leslie Avayzian's Nine Armenians. She has accepted every major theatre award on behalf of the company (multiple Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play for MTC's production of August Wilson's Jitney, Drama Desk Awards, Obie Awards, and Outer Critics Circle Awards). Lynne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and attended Yale School of Drama. She has taught at such lauded institutions as Yale, Fordham, NYU, and Circle in the Square. She is the recipient of many awards including the Mr. Abbott Award, Lucille Lortel and Lilly Awards for Lifetime Achievement, Margo Jones Award, Louis Auchincloss Prize, and she is a Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.
Link https://www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com

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