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MTC Announces Virtual Premiere of THE NICETIES to Stream May 27-June 13, In Association with The Huntington
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:28 pm EDT 05/03/21

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces
Virtual Premiere of
The Niceties
Streaming May 27-June 13
In Association with The Huntington

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Originally Produced in MTC's 2018-2019 Season
at The Studio at Stage II

"A bristling, provocative debate play
about race and privilege in the United States."
- The New York Times

"Blisteringly smart, searing and revealing."
- The Boston Globe

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce the premiere of a special new adaptation of The Niceties written directly for the virtual stage by Eleanor Burgess and directed by Kimberly Senior, streaming on demand from Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, June 13 only in association with The Huntington.

Tickets are free and can be reserved at www.manhattantheatreclub.com/mtc-now-showing.

The Niceties debuted at The Huntington in Boston, MA from August 31 – September 30, 2018 prior to arriving at Manhattan Theatre Club (October 12 - November 18, 2018). The new virtual presentation, reimagined for the digital space, will reunite original stars Lisa Banes (Present Laughter, "Royal Pains") and Jordan Boatman (Hulu's "The Path").

The play was originally presented as part of MTC's Ted Snowdon Reading Series in 2017.

In The Niceties an ambitious young Black college student and her esteemed white professor meet over Skype to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. Unfortunately, they find it hard to agree about the facts of the past – or the present. Discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and soon they're in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can't be undone. Written with powerful truth and humor by Eleanor Burgess, this deeply resonant work is directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced). The Washington Post hails it as "a barnstormer of a play," adding that it's "one of the best plays I've seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how."

The Niceties' design team includes Cameron Anderson (Production Design Consultant), Emily Auciello (Sound Design), Rocco DeSanti (Editor), and Thomas Dieter (Stage Manager).

The Niceties is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com.

The world premiere of The Niceties was co-produced in the 2018-2019 season by The Huntington (Peter DuBois, Artistic Director Michael Maso, Managing Director), Boston, MA; Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director Barry Grove, Executive Producer), New York, NY; and McCarter Theatre Center (Emily Mann, Artistic Director/Resident Playwright Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director), Princeton, NJ.

Originally developed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in July 2017, under the leadership of Ed Herendeen, Producing Director, and Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director.

Developed in part at Portland Stage Company, Anita Stewart, Executive & Artistic Director.

While physical stages remain dark across America, Manhattan Theatre Club invites audiences to gather virtually as a community and find connection, inspiration, and entertainment through a series of virtual theatrical experiences from the comfort of their homes. Up-to-date information about all MTC Virtual Stage initiatives can always be found at www.manhattantheatreclub.com/virtual.

ABOUT MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, Manhattan Theatre Club has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over more than four decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes, 27 Tony Awards, 40 Drama Desk Awards and 49 Obie 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). For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Celebrating our 40th season, The Huntington is Boston's theatrical commons and leading professional theatre company. On our stages and throughout our city, we share enduring and untold stories that spark the imagination of audiences and artists and amplify the wide range of voices in our community. Committed to welcoming broad and diverse audiences, The Huntington provides life-changing opportunities for students through its robust education and community programs, is a national leader in the development of playwrights and new plays, and serves the local arts community through its operation of The Huntington Calderwood/BCA. Under the leadership of Managing Director Michael Maso, The Huntington is currently conducting a transformational renovation of the historic Huntington Theatre, a storied venue with a bold vision for the future, which will allow us to innovatively expand our services to audiences, artists, and the community for generations to come. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

BIOGRAPHIES
LISA BANES. Broadway: Rumors, High Society, Arcadia, Accent on Youth, Present Laughter. Off-Broadway: Look Back in Anger (Theatre World Award), A Call From the East, My Sister in this House (Obie Award), Three Sisters, Antigone, Isn't it Romantic (Drama Desk nomination), Emily, Fighting International Fat, Ten by Tennessee, The Alice Complex, Go Back to Where You Are, The Niceties. Film: Gone Girl, A Cure for Wellness, The Hotel New Hampshire, Marie, Young Guns, Cocktail, Dragonfly, The Jackal, Pumpkin, Without Limits, Freedom Writers. Acres of television includes the series The Trials of Rosie O'Neil, Girls Club, Son of the Beach. Recurring roles include China Beach, Six Feet Under, King of Queens, Royal Pains, Masters of Sex, Nashville. Graduate of the Juilliard School and alumna of The Acting Company.

JORDAN BOATMAN is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She played Elsbeth in Simon Stone's Medea at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. She originated the role of Zoe in the world premiere of Eleanor Burgess's The Niceties at The Huntington, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center and The Geffen Playhouse. Boatman has appeared on The Good Fight for CBS All access and Hulu's The Path. Winner of the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress.

ELEANOR BURGESS (Playwright). Eleanor Burgess's work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Geffen Playhouse, The Huntington, the Alliance Theatre, Writers' Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Milwaukee Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and developed at Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Hermitage Artists Retreat, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She has been a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Page 73's writers' group Interstate 73, The Civilians' R&D Group, and New York Theatre Workshop's 2050 Fellowship. She has also written for WeCrashed on Apple TV and Perry Mason on HBO. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, she studied history at Yale College and Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.

KIMBERLY SENIOR (Director) Broadway: Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced. Off-Broadway: Bella Bella (starring Harvey Fierstein, Manhattan Theatre Club); The Niceties (Manhattan Theatre Club); Disgraced and The Who & the What (Lincoln Center Theater/ LCT3); Aasif Mandvi's Sakina's Restaurant and Dan Rather's Stories of a Lifetime (Audible Theatre at Minetta Lane); Chris Gethard's Career Suicide (produced by Judd Apatow); Discord (Primary Stages); and Engagements (Second Stage Theater). Regional: Sweat, The Niceties and Our Daughters, Like Pillars (The Huntington); Margaret Trudeau's Certain Woman of an Age (Second City, Just for Laughs Montreal and Toronto, Audible); Byhalia, Mississippi (The Kennedy Center); The Niceties (McCarter Theatre Center and Geffen Playhouse), Disgraced (Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum); Rapture, Blister, Burn and Support Group for Men (Goodman Theatre); Photograph 51 (South Coast Repertory); Sheltered (Alliance Theatre); Other Than Honorable (Geva Theatre Center); Buried Child, The Scene, Marjorie Prime, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, and The Letters (Writers Theatre); Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse); Little Gem (City Theatre); Discord, 4000 Miles, and The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre); Timeline: Inana, My Name is Asher Lev, All My Sons, Dolly West's Kitchen; Want and The North Plan (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); among others. Television: "Chris Gethard's Career Suicide" (HBO). Audio: Marvel's The Wastelanders: Old Man Starlord (Marvel, Sirius XM, Apple). Other: 2013 finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award and the Zelda Fichandler Award; recipient of the 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award, the 2016 Alan Schneider Award (TCG), and the 2018 Einhorn Award (Primary Stages); resident director of Writers Theatre, associate artist at Timeline Theatre and member of the Artistic Collective at the Goodman Theatre. Proud mother of Noah (14) and Delaney (12) and a member of SDC.

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