by: Brian Scott Lipton
Strange things can happen when family and friends converge in the country, as we’ve seen in such great works as Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” and Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s “A Little Night Music.” Now, Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (“Dinner With Friends”) is tackling this scenario with his new play, “The Country House,” which will premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel Friedman Theatre on September 9, with an official opening on October 2.
In this case, the country house is in Williamstown, Massachusetts, home of the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival, which belongs to famed actress Anna Patterson (played by Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner), and the occupants include her son (Eric Lange), former son-in-law (David Rasche), his new girlfriend (Kate Jennings Grant), her granddaughter (Sarah Steele), and a handsome TV star (Daniel Sunjata).
On August 20, Theater Pizzazz spoke to Margulies and the cast about the play, working with director Daniel Sullivan, and how their parts reflect their real lives.
Previews begin Sept. 9th with official opening Oct. 2nd at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman theatre, 261 W. 47th St. NYC www.manhattantheatreclub.com
Interviews: Brian Scott Lipton
Video: Sandi Durell