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Lia Chang: Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines to star in An Enemy of the People at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre during Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2012-2013 Season

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July) and four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines, currently appearing in MTC’s The Columnist (Contact, The Heidi Chronicles) will star in the American premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new version of An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance), the first offering of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2012-2013 Broadway season this fall at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street in New York. Previews for MTC’s An Enemy of the People begin Sept. 4 with opening night slated for Sept. 27.

When Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Boyd Gaines) discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town’s main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him… and Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth. An incisive tale about the high price of free expression, An Enemy of the People makes a timely return to the New York stage in this bold new version by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang


Richard Thomas plays Peter Stockmann, mayor of the town and brother of Dr. Thomas Stockmann. Thomas has appeared on Broadway in David Mamet’s Race, Sunrise at Campobello, Strange Interlude, The Playroom, Everything in the Garden, Fifth of July, The Front Page, Democracy, and A Naked Girl On The Appian Way. His additional New York and US credits include As You Like It, The Seagull, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, Peer Gynt, Tiny Alice, Love Letters, Measure For Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saint Joan, Merton of the Movies, Square One, The Count of Monte Cristo, Citizen Tom Paine, Streamers, Danton’s Death, Arms and the Man, The Barbarians, La Ronde, Vieux Carre, The Devil’s Disciple, The Lisbon Traviata, The Stendhal Syndrome, and Art (London). His most recent performances include Timons of Athens at the Public,Twelve Angry Men (National Tour), and Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion. He regularly performs around the country A Distant Country Called Youth and Blanche and Beyond, from the letters of Tennessee Williams. Over 50 films for television include “The Red Badge of Courage,” “Roots: The Next Generations,”“All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story,”“Common Ground” and “Andre’s Mother.” His TV series include “It’s a Miracle,” “Just Cause” and “The Waltons,” for which he received the Emmy Award. Thomas’ films include Winning, Last Summer, Red Sky at Morning, You’ll Like My Mother, 9/30/55, Battle Beyond the Stars, Wonder Boys, Taking Woodstock and The Beaver.

Additional casting and creative team for AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE will be announced shortly.

Subscriptions for MTC’s 2012-2013 season are now available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 10 PM, Saturday 3-6:30 PM) or online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.

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Emmy Award Winner Richard Thomas Hosts Give Kids a Shot! National Meningitis Association Gala 2012 at the New York Athletic Club
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Photos: In Rehearsal with Director Bartlett Sher and the cast of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan
David Henry Hwang Set as Signature Theatre’s Residency One Playwright for the 2012-2013 Season
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
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Photos: In Rehearsal with BD Wong at Dixon Place for Live Concert Recording of Herringbone
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Oskar Eustis, BD Wong, Brian d’Arcy James, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim and Leigh Silverman at WNYC’s The Greene Space
Photos: BD Wong, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tom Viola at “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
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Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.
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