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Donald Margulies, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends, returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club this month with his latest offering, The Country House. This production is his 10th collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club.

Margulies holds a unique position as one of the most critically and commercially successful modern playwrights. He made his New York playwriting debut in 1982 with the one-act Luna Park and never looked back. His plays have been commissioned by such reputable regional theaters as South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Geffen Playhouse. In addition to his win in 2000, his works have also been selected as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize twice, for his plays Sight Unseen and Collected Stories. The Country House will mark his sixth play to be produced on Broadway, but his plays are frequently revived Off-Broadway as well as in regional theaters across America. Other popular titles include Time Stands Still, Brooklyn Boy, Whats Wrong With This Picture?, and The Model Apartment.

In addition to his work for the stage, Margulies also writes for the film and television. He is reportedly working on the screenplay for the HBO miniseries Middlesex, based on the best seller of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides. He also teaches Undergraduate Playwrighting at Yale University as an adjunct professor.

The Country House stars Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner, as well as Kate Jennings Grant (The Lyons, Proof), Eric Lange (“The Bridge,” “Weeds”), David Rasche (Regrets Only, Speed-the-Plow), Sarah Steele (Slowgirl, Speech and Debate) and Tony nominee Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland,” Take Me Out). The production began previews September 9, with opening night scheduled for October 2 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Tony Winner Daniel Sullivan directs.

The Country House is based on the pastoral comedies of Anton Chekov. Danner plays “the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival,” according to MTC. “But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise… inciting a series of simmering jealousies, a flurry of romantic outbursts and a bout of passionate soul-searching.”

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (sound design), Peter Golub (original music) and Thomas Schall (fight director).

The Country House is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in collaboration with Geffen Playhouse.

David Vogel is a professional actor based out of New York City who has worked at The Barn Theatre (Augusta, MI), Riverside Dinner Theatre (Fredericksburg, VA), and as a singer for Carnival Cruise lines. Check out his blog www.davidvogel.tumblr.com


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