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MTC’s An Enemy of The People Starring Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas Begin Previews at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming Broadway production of a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance), and starring Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines (The Columnist, Contact, The Heidi Chronicles) as ‘Dr. Thomas Stockmann’ and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July) as ‘Mayor Peter Stockmann’ begin previews tonight at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street in New York. Opening night is Thursday, September 27, 2012.
The cast of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE also includes Maïté Alina (Broadway debut) as ‘Petra Stockmann,’ Gerry Bamman (The Merchant of Venice) as ‘Aslaksen,’ Kathleen McNenny (Death of a Salesman) as ‘Catherine Stockmann,’ Randall Newsome (Inherit The Wind) as ‘Horster,’ John Procaccino (Blood and Gifts) as ‘Hovstad,’ Michael Siberry (Mrs. Warren’s Profession) as ‘Morton Kiil,’ and James Waterston (Parents Evening) as ‘Billing.’

Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas star in MTC's Broadway production of An Enemy of the People at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street in New York.

Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas star in MTC’s Broadway production of An Enemy of the People at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street in New York.

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 writers, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

The creative team for AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (original music & sound design), J. David Brimmer (fight direction), and Tom Watson (hair & wig design).

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. 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 Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

The Performance schedule for AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE is Tuesday & Wednesday @ 7pm, Thursday & Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm. Beginning October 1: Tuesday @ 7pm, Wednesday @ 2pm & 7pm, Thursday & Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm. Tickets are on sale through November 11, 2012. Dates & Times Exceptions include a time change on Wednesday, September 19 @ 8pm, Thursday, September 27 @ 6:45pm (Opening night). 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.

BIOGRAPHIES
HENRIK IBSEN (Playwright; 1828-1906). In addition to An Enemy of the People, his plays include Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House, Ghosts, The Lady From the Sea, Peer Gynt, Pillars of Society, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, Master Builder, Little Eyolf, John Gabriel Borkman, and When We Dead Awaken.

REBECCA LENKIEWICZ (Adaptation). Lenkiewicz’s plays include The Night Season, National Theatre (Critics Circle Most Promising Playwright Award, 2004); Soho – A Tale of Table Dancers (Arcola Theatre / British Council tour, 2000); Shoreditch Madonna (Soho Theatre, 2005); Blue Moon Over Poplar (NYT / Soho Theatre, 2006); The Soldier’s Tale (Old Vic Theatre, 2006); An Enemy of the People (Arcola, 2008); Faeries (Royal Opera House, 2008); Her Naked Skin (Olivier, Royal National Theatre, 2008, The first play to be performed on the Olivier stage by a living female playwright); Ghosts (adaptation, ATC/Arcola Theatre, 2009); The Lioness (Tricycle Theatre, 2010); The Typist (Sky Arts Live at the Riverside Studios, 2010); Stars Over Kabul (NYT, Glasgow, 2010); That Almost Unnameable Lust (Clean Break Theatre Co. at Soho Theatre, 2011) and The Painter (Arcola Theatre, 2011).

DOUG HUGHES (Director). Previous Manhattan Theatre Club productions include The Whipping Man, the Tony nominated revival of The Royal Family, Mauritius, An Experiment with an Air Pump, Defiance and Doubt, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Director. Other recent Broadway productions include Born Yesterday, Elling, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Oleanna, A Man for All Seasons, the Tony nominated revival of Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet and Frozen. Following An Enemy of the People he will direct the Broadway revival of The Big Knife. He has also worked extensively Off-Broadway and at most of the nation’s leading resident theaters. He has been awarded the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obie and Callaway Awards for his productions.

BOYD GAINES (Dr. Thomas Stockmann) most recently starred opposite John Lithgow in the Broadway production of The Columnist. Gaines was seen previously opposite James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway and West End productions of Driving Miss Daisy, at Lincoln Center with Kate Burton in The Grand Manner (Drama Desk nomination), and on Broadway with Patti LuPone in Gypsy for which he received his fourth Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Other Broadway credits: Pygmalion, Gypsy (City Centers Encores!), Journey’s End (Tony nominee, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Twelve Angry Men, Contact (Tony Award, Lucille Lortel Award), Cabaret, The Show Off, She Loves Me (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Company, The Heidi Chronicles (Tony Award). Off-Broadway: Bach at Leipzig, Major Barbara, The Shawl, Comedy of Errors, The Extra Man, The Maderati, The Winter’s Tale, Barbarians, A Month in the Country (Theatre World Award). Regional: Williamstown, Westport Playhouse, Yale Rep, Center Stage, Long Wharf, Guthrie, Kennedy Center. Film: Funny Games, Lovely by Surprise, Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, The Sure Thing, Porky’s, Fame. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Angela’s Eyes,” “The Confession,” “Piece of Cake,” “One Day at a Time,” “L.A. Law,” “Frasier,” “Law & Order.” Training: Juilliard.

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

RICHARD THOMAS (Peter Stockmann) entered the public’s heart starring in the Emmy Award-winning series, “The Waltons.” He has continued to star in series, films, plays, and over 50 movies for television.

Thomas first entered Stephen King territory with his lead role in the miniseries Stephen King’s “It.” He revisited this world in the 2006 miniseries “Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.” His other television movie and miniseries credits include “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “The Silence,” “The Red Badge of Courage,” “The Master of Ballantrae,” “Johnny Belinda,” “Berlin Tunnel 21,” “Living Proof: The Hank Williams Story,” “Hobson’s Choice,” “Roots: The Next Generation,” “Go Toward the Light,” “In the Name of the People,” “The Christmas Secret,” “The Miracle of the Cards,” “Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” “Anna’s Dream,” “Annie’s Point” and “Wild Hearts.”

On the big screen, Thomas has appeared in such movies as The Wonder Boys, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Todd Killings, Last Summer, Winning and the Ang Lee feature Taking Woodstock.

Thomas has been seen on such series as “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Just Cause,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “It’s A Miracle” and “The Practice.” As a producer, Thomas has worked on such television projects as “Summer of Fear,” “What Love Sees” and “For All Time.” Most recently, he was seen in the Hallmark Channel’s film “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”

On stage, he has been called “one of the leading classical actors of his generation,” (Newsday). His Broadway career began at age 7 with 1958’s Sunrise at Campobello, and has continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, and The Stendhal Syndrome. Other stage credits include Broadway’s Democracy, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, the national tour of the acclaimed Broadway revival of Twelve Angry Men and Unusual Acts of Devotion. Recent productions include the Broadway production of Race opposite David Alan Grier, James Spader, and Kerry Washington, the Public Theatre’s production of Timon of Athens (in the title role), and Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays for the Minetta Lane Theatre.

MAÏTÉ ALINA (Petra). Regional credits include Esperanza Rising, Cephalopod, Marisol, A Room Embodied, Reckless, and Flesh and Blood. Television credits include “The Good Wife” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

GERRY BAMMAN (Aslaksen) received Obie and Drama League awards and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Project, one of the foremost experimental theater companies of the 1970′s, directed by Andre Gregory. Their production of Alice in Wonderland received an Obie award and was performed over 500 times in New York and around the world. He has appeared in many New York productions, on Broadway and off, and regional theaters. His most recent work was in The Merchant of Venice on Broadway and the American premieres of J. B. Priestley’s The Glass Cage, Bartleby the Scrivener, Jean-Claude Carriere’s Encounter at Valladolid, the title role in Ward Just’s Lowell Limpet, Robert Moses in Shakespeare, Moses, and Joe Papp – which won the Helen Hayes award for Best New Play – and A.R. Gurney’s Mrs. Farnsworth. Films: Runaway Jury, Two Family House, Passion of Mind, Home Alone 1 and 2, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Secret of My Succe$s, Bodyguard, True Believer, Pink Cadillac, and – awaiting release – My Father’s Will and Nous York. Many appearances on “Law & Order.”

KATHLEEN McNENNY (Catherine Stockmann) was most recently seen on Broadway in Mike Nichols’ production of Death of a Salesman. Other selected credits include: Broadway: Coram Boy, The Constant Wife, After the Fall, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: Gates of Gold, Mind Game, Three Travelers, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale. Regional: Equus(Guild Hall), Moon for the Misbegotten (McCarter), Richard III (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), Beyond Therapy, Good German (Westport Playhouse-Connecticut Critics nomination for Best Actress), Twelfth Night, As You Like It (Long Wharf), Candida, (Yale Rep.), The Skin of Our Teeth (Cal Shakespeare), Sylvia, Sight Unseen, Human Events (George Street), Othello (Philadelphia Drama Guild), The Importance of Being Earnest (Huntington Theater), My Children of Africa (Baltimore Center Stage). Television: “New Amsterdam,” “Law & Order” original, CI and SVU, “Third Watch.” Pennsylvania Miners Story MOW, numerous failed pilots. Films: Morning Glory, Music and Lyrics, School of Rock, Life with Mikey, It Could Happen to You. McNenny is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama.

RANDALL NEWSOME (Horster). Broadway: Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet. Off-Broadway: New York Theatre Workshop, Irish Repertory Theatre. Regional: Steppenwolf Theatre Co., Goodman, McCarter, Alliance Theatre. Film and Television: Straw Dogs, I Love You Phillip Morris, Oliver Stone’s W, Sangre de Mi Sangre (Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner), Love Happens, Highlander II, Big Fat Liar, Benji: Off the Leash, Tremors, “Boardwalk Empire” (recurring), “The Good Wife,” “Royal Pains” (recurring), “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” “Guiding Light,” “Ed.” Upcoming: David Chase’s Not Fade Away (Paramount).

JOHN PROCACCINO (Hovstad). Broadway: An American Daughter, A Thousand Clowns, Conversations with My Father, Art (understudy/Alan Alda), and Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center). National tour: The Light in the Piazza. Off-Broadway: New York Shakespeare Festival. Arena Stage: Broadway revival, The Normal Heart. Regional: Art, Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf); Death of a Salesman (Old Globe Theatre); A Prayer for My Enemy, Down the Garden Paths, Sylvia, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (Long Wharf Theatre); All the Kings Men, Arms and the Man, and The Singing Forest (Intiman Theatre); Tartuffe, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Two Gentleman of Verona, and Long Day’s Journey into Night (Seattle Repertory), and The Night of the Iguana, Dinner with Friends, Side Man, Grand Magic, and The Crucible (ACT Theatre). Film and television: The Runner Stumbles, Three Fugitives, Born to Be Wild, “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Northern Exposure,” “Rose Red,” and “Smash.”

Michael Siberry (Morton Kiil). Theatre: i, Man and Boy, Death Takes a Holiday, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Roundabout), When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Spamalot (Tour & Broadway), Journey’s End ( London), The Frogs (Lincoln Centre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London), The White Devil (Sydney Theatre Company at BAM), House and Garden (National Theatre), Chicago (London), The Sound of Music (Broadway), Nicholas Nickleby (RSC Broadway). Television includes: “Rosemary and Thyme,” “The Grand,” “Silent Witness” (BBC); “Jeeves and Wooster” and “House of Cards.”

JAMES WATERSTON (Billing). New York theater credits include: Parents Evening opposite Julianne Nicholson (Flea Theater), Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages), Brooke Berman’s A Perfect Couple (WET), Jack in Sir Peter Hall’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Lynn Redgrave (BAM), Orlando in As You Like It (Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, Mark Lamos directing), Another Time with Malcolm McDowell, Joan Copeland, Marian Seldes and Michael Lombard (AJT). Recent and favorite regional theater includes: Originating role of Daniel in the world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Goodman Theatre, Leigh Silverman directing), Elyot in Private Lives (Maria Aitken directing at the Huntington Theatre), Randy in A.R. Gurney’s Children (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night (Jack O’Brien, Old Globe), Iago in Othello opposite Seth Gilliam (CSC), Edmund in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (with Elizabeth Franz, John Slattery, and father Sam Waterston), Konstantin in The Seagull (with Pamela Payton-Wright at The George Street Playhouse). International theater: Waterston continues involvement in a production of Julius Caesar that began at A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA and has since traveled on several tours in France and South America. He has played Mark Antony, Brutus, and Cassius for this production.
Film/TV: “Treme” (HBO), “Unforgettable” (CBS), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Six Feet Under” (recurring, HBO), “Law & Order,” CI and SVU, “Christy” (miniseries Hallmark), “Live from Baghdad” (HBO), “ER” (NBC), “Certainty” (by Mike O’Malley), Visiting (Charles Evered directing), Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir directing), Little Sweetheart (BBC Films). Upcoming: the new drama on ABC “666 Park Avenue.” In addition, Waterston plays New Orleans piano and has spent many of the last 14 summers in Norway.

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