Manhattan Theatre Club has just announced additional casting for the world premiere of The Assembled Parties, the new play by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg, directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. Previously announced Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light will be joined by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, Obie Award winner Mark Blum, and Tony Award nominee Sam Robards.
The limited engagement of The Assembled Parties will begin previews Tuesday, March 19, 2013 and open Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).
Shamos can currently be seen opposite Al Pacino in the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross and last season received a Tony nomination for his performance in Clybourne Park. He previously appeared in MTC's productions of We Live Here and Reckless. In The Assembled Parties Shamos will play the role of Jeff, a house guest of the Bascov family.
Blum will play the role of Mort, Faye's (Judith Light's) husband in The Assembled Parties. He recently received critical acclaim for his Off-Broadway performances in Paul Weitz's Lonely I'm Not and MTC's world premiere of Zoe Kazan's We Live Here. He recently concluded a run in the Tony nominated revival of The Best Man.
Robards returns to MTC after appearing in the revival of Absurd Person Singular. He received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for the revival of Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All The Luck. In The Assembled Parties, Robards will play Ben, the husband of Julie (Jessica Hecht).
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly - or perhaps by design - insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.
Greenberg returns to MTC following the acclaimed Broadway revival of his play The American Plan. MTC's collaboration with Greenberg spans 20 years and has seen the New York premieres of such lauded works as The Violet Hour, Three Days of Rain, and Eastern Standard. This production marks MTC's 10th collaboration with Greenberg.
The creative team for The Assembled Parties includes: Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound design).