Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play of 2010, MIDDLETOWN is a deeply moving and funny new play by Will Eno that explores the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and compelling ways. A powerful and poignant meditation on birth, death and points between.
October 13 - December 5, 2010
Written by Will Eno
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
With Heather Burns, Cindy Cheung, Johanna Day, Georgia Engel, David Garrison, Ed Jewett, McKenna Kerrigan, James McMenamin, Michael Park, Linus Roache, Olivia Scott, Pete Simpson
(Scenic Design) Vineyard Theatre: MIDDLETOWN. Broadway: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, FUN HOME, THE LAST SHIP (sets and clothes), THE HUMANS (set design), DOLLS HOUSE PART 2 (costume design). Off-Broadway: set design for TORCH SONG (Second Stage), HIR (Playwrights Horizons), 10 out of 12 (Soho Rep); set and costumes for THE FLICK, PLACEBO, COMPLETENESS, and THE BIG MEAL (Playwrights Horizons), CHOIR BOY (MTC).<><><>READ MORE
(Mrs. Swanson) Past theatre credits include: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre) FRAN’S BED (Playwrights Horizons) and LOBBY HERO (Playwrights Horizons and the John Houseman Theater), Woody Allen’s WRITERS BLOCK (Atlantic Theater), the West End production of THIS IS OUR YOUTH, and, most recently, Christopher Durang’s THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO (Roundabout). Heather can currently be seen in the HBO comedy series “Bored To Death” opposite Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman. Her upcoming film credits include What’s Your Number? and the independent features Valley Of The Sun, Weakness and Ashes. Her past film credits include Breaking Upwards, Choke, Miss Congeniality (1 & 2), Bewitched, Two Weeks Notice and You’ve Got Mail.READ MORE
(Female Tourist/Woman on Date/Attendant 2) New York Theater: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre),THE SEAGULL (NAATCO), GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD(Roundtable), SIDES: THE FEAR IS REAL… (Ma-Yi/Miyagi), ANTIGONE (NAATCO), MASHA NO HOME (E.S.T.), THE KARAOKE SHOW (Project 400), MAKING TRACKS (2G). Regional: WIT (Florida Studio Theater), THE FIRST PICTURE SHOW (A.C.T.), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (South Coast Rep), SWEENEY TODD and INTO THE WOODS (East West Players). Film: Children of Invention (Sundance 2009), Lady In The Water, Robot, Stories, Falling For Grace. TV: “White Collar”, “Fringe”, all three “Law and Orders”, “One Life To Live”, “Jonny Zero”, “Sex and the City”, “Seinfeld”. MFA from A.C.T.. Love to Eddie!<><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
(Aunt/Female Doctor/Intercom) Broadway: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, PROOF (Tony/Lucille Lortel Nom.) Other: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre), QUALITY OFLIFE (Arena Stage), Ethan Coen’s ALMOST AN EVENING (Atlantic Theatre Co.) THE EVILDOERS (Yale Rep), Edward Albee’s PETER AND JERRY (Second Stage/Drama Desk Nom.), SATELLITES (NYSF), HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Vineyard Theatre/Original Cast), DISTRACTED (Mark Taper Forum), BLUE WINDOW (Manhattan Theatre Club), HELEN (NYSF), THE RAINMAKER (Helen Hayes Award), OLIVER PARKER! (The stageFARM). Film/TV: “Fringe”, “Law & Order” (“Trial By Jury”,“SVU” and “Criminal Intent”), “Judging Amy”, The Exonerated, Unbreakable, The Eternal Pedicure, Henry and The Trap.READ MORE
(Librarian) Launched her theatrical career playing Minnie Fay in HELLO DOLLY with Ethel Merman. She then joined the original production of THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. She also appeared on Broadway as Mickey in MY ONE AND ONLY and starred in the Off-Broadway musical CUT THE RIBBONS. She co-starred as Sister Mary Leo in NUNSENSE: THE 20th ANNIVERSARY ALL-STAR TOUR. She also starred as Sister Amnesia in NUNSENSE and NUNSENSE JAMBOREE. She recently appeared in Vineyard Theatre's production of MIDDLETOWN. On television, she played Georgette Baxter in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” for which she received two Emmy nominations. She subsequently starred in four more television series. She appeared in the recurring role of Pat McDougal in the CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, for which she was nominated for three Emmy awards. Most recently, Georgia costarred in the Broadway and National Tour of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.READ MORE
(Playwright) MIDDLETOWN (Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, 2010) is receiving its world premiere at the Vineyard Theatre, New York. It will subsequently be produced in June 2011 at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Will’s play TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY received its US premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2008, and his collection of short plays entitled OH, THE HUMANITY AND OTHER EXCLAMATIONS world premiered at The Flea Theater starring Marisa Tomei and Brian Hutchison. THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Will’s play THE FLU SEASON received the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for the best debut production in New York by an American playwright. Will’s plays have also been produced by the Gate Theatre, the SOHO Theatre and BBC Radio, in London; the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, Naked Angels and the Ensemble Studio Theatre, in New York. His plays are published by Oberon Books, TCG and Playscripts.READ MORE
(Public Speaker/Greg/Male Doctor) Broadway: WICKED (Carbonell Award), A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE (Tony nomination), TITANIC, TORCH SONG TRILOGY, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, BELLS ARE RINGING. Off-Broadway: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre)I DO! I DO! (Drama Desk nomination), THE TORCH BEARERS, GENIUSES, NEW JERUSALEM. Regional: Randy Newman’s FAUST (La Jolla/Goodman), TRAVESTIES (Williamstown), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Arena Stage/ Helen Hayes Award). Television: “The West Wing,” “Law and Order,” “The Practice,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “NYPD Blue”, “Murphy Brown”, “Murder She Wrote”, “LA Law”, Steve Rhoades on “Married With Children”, and, for PBS, “On the Town” (London Symphony), “Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall”.READ MORE
(Male Tourist/Freelancer/Radio Host) Off-Broadway: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre), THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING). New York: DOT, 1965UU, MOO!, BELOW THE BELT, OF MICE AND MEN, UNCLE VANYA, ENRICO IV. Regional: FABULOSO (Merrimack Rep), YING TONG, A WALK WITH THE GOONS (The Wilma Theater), THE BEST MAN (New Jersey Rep). Film: Today’s Special, The Winning Season, Noise, World Trade Center, The Night Listener, The Notorious Bettie Page, Waltzing Anna. Upcoming: Arthur, What’s Your Number?, Cedar Rapids, Occupant. Television: “Mercy”, “New Amsterdam”, “John Adams” (HBO Films), “The Bronx is Burning”, “Law & Order” and “All My Children”.<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
(Tour Guide/Attendant/Music Host) New York: MIDDLETOWN, THE REALLY BIG ONCE, THE BEREAVED, TEN BLOCKS ON THE CAMINO REAL. Regional: BATCH (Humana Festival), UNTIL WE FIND EACH OTHER (Steppenwolf Garage), THE FAB 4 REACH THE PEARLY GATES (Walker Art Center), CELL (International Festival of Arts & Ideas), THE DREAMING OF ALOYSIUS (People’s Light & Theatre Company), ANODYNE (Pig Iron Theatre Company). Film: Lebanon, PA; Ready or Not. TV: “Hack”, “All My Children”, “My Father’s Gun”. McKenna is an Associated Artist with Target Margin Theatre and a company member of Partial Comfort Productions and New Paradise Laboratories.<><><><><><>READ MORE
(Mechanic) Most recently appeared as George Gibbs in Barrow Street Theatre’s production of OUR TOWN. Off Broadway: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre), BFE (Playwrights Horizons), ARMED AND NAKED, MAG-7 (Naked Angels). Regional: PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY (Intiman Theatre/Long Wharf Theatre); LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG (Huntington Theatre); BFE (Long Wharf Theatre); CHEKHOV CYCLE, THREE PENNY OPERA, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Williamstown Theatre Festival); COBB, THE ROSE TATTOO (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble); JOAN (Edinburgh Fringe); ANITA BRYANT DIED FOR OUR SINS (Florida Studio Theatre). TV: “Law and Order SVU”, “Law and Order”, “Guiding Light”.READ MORE
(Lighting Design) Vineyard Theatre: MIDDLETOWN, GOD’S EAR (Jenny Schwartz), and workshops of MY MARRIAGE TO ERNEST BORGNINE (Nicky Silver) and THE METAL CHILDREN (Adam Rapp). With director Ken Rus Schmoll: TELEPHONE (Foundry) and PROSERPINA (Spoleto USA). Recent and notable Off-Broadway credits: THAT FACE, THE ALIENS, WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING (Lucille Lortel Award), BLASTED (American Theatre Wing Hewes Award), HELL HOUSE (Hewes nom.), BUG (Lucille Lortel and OBIE Awards), ORSON’S SHADOW, UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL and MOJO. Regional: Goodman, American Repertory Theatre, Trinity Rep, Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Theater, Chautauqua, Long Wharf, among others. 2010 Village Voice OBIE for Sustained Excellence.READ MORE
(Cop) Broadway: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ; CAROUSEL; LITTLE ME; Encores: APPLAUSE; BLOOMER GIRL. Off-Broadway: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre), THE BURNT PART BOYS (Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons); VIOLET (Playwrights Horizons); HELLO AGAIN (Lincoln Center); MILK AND HONEY (AJT); THE LAST GOODBYE (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Cast Recordings: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ; HELLO AGAIN; LITTLE ME; VIOLET. TV: “As theWorld Turns”,(2010 Emmy Winner).READ MORE
(John Dodge) Royal Shakespeare Company: TITUS ANDRONICUS, JULIUS CAESAR, INDIGO, QUESTION OF GEOGRAPHY, RICHARD II, THE LAST DAYS OF DON JUAN, KING LEAR, UNCLE VANYA. Royal National Theatre: JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK. Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester: THE GLASS MENAGERIE, LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST, RICHARD II. Almeida and London West End: THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Almeida and BAM: RICHARD II, CORIOLANUS. Off-Broadway: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre). Film: Priest, Wings of a Dove, Pandaemonium, The Forgotten, Chronicles of Riddick, Find me Guilty, Batman Begins, Before the Rains. TV: “Vincent Van Gogh” (BBC), “Seaforth” (HBO), “Shot through the Heart”, “The Gathering Storm”(FX), “RFK” (NBC), “Kidnapped”, “Law and Order” (Seasons 18-20), and “The Miraculous Year”(HBO).<><>READ MORE
(Director) MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre), Wolfgang Rihm’s opera PROSERPINA (Spoleto Festival USA, American premiere), Ann Marie Healy’s WHAT ONCE WE FELT (Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3), Ariana Reines’s TELEPHONE (The Foundry Theatre, OBIE for Direction), Kristin Newbom’s TELETHON (Clubbed Thumb), Kristen Kosmas’s HELLO FAILURE (PS 122), Jordan Harrison’s AMAZONS AND THEIR MEN (Clubbed Thumb), Anne Washburn’s THE INTERNATIONALIST (Vineyard Theatre), Rob Handel’s APHRODISIAC (Long Wharf Theatre) Kate E. Ryan’s MARK SMITH (13P), Rob Handel’s MILLICENT SCOWLWORTHY (SPF ’06), Anton Dudley’s HONOR AND THE RIVER (NY Stage & Film), Anne Washburn’s OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER (EST Marathon), Jenny Schwartz’s CAUSE FOR ALARM (NY Fringe), Erin Courtney’s DEMON BABY (Clubbed Thumb), Kim Kefgen and Loren Noveck’s GIRL BLOG FROM IRAQ (The Culture Project). Upcoming: Charles Wuorinen’s song cycle IT HAPPENS LIKE THIS (Tanglewood) and a collaboration between the Foundry Theatre and FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality).READ MORE
(Landscaper/Ground Control/Man on Date/Janitor) Off-Broadway: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre). With Elevator Repair Service: THE SUN ALSO RISES; THE SOUND AND THE FURY; w/ Young Jean Lee: LEAR; PULLMAN, WA; THE APPEAL; w/ Richard Maxwell: PEOPLE WITHOUT HISTORY; DRUMMER WANTED; COWBOYS AND INDIANS; BILLINGS; w/ The Wooster Group: NORTH ATLANTIC; w/ Richard Foreman: PARADISE HOTEL; w/ Blue Man Group: TUBES, REWIRED and European Tour; w/ the Denver Center Theatre Company: A DYBBUK; KING LEAR; TWELFTH NIGHT; ALL MY SONS; w/ The Williamstown Theatre Festival: THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE; TURANDOT; THE BLUE DEMON. Film: Morning Glory; Stefan. TV: “Law and Order”; “Jay Leno”, “Conan O’Brien”, “Craig Kilborn”. MFA: National Theater Conservatory. Love to Naama and Family!<><><><>READ MORE
(Sound Designer) Vineyard: OUTSIDE PEOPLE, PICKED, MIDDLETOWN, THE FOURTH SISTER, WE LIVE HERE, AMERICAN FIESTA. Broadway: OTHER DESERT CITIES, GOOD PEOPLE, THE CONSTANT WIFE, THE GOOD BODY, BILL MAHER: VICTORY... Off-Broadway includes Atlantic, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist), The New Group. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: Studio 360. Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes. Awards; Ruth Morley Design Award, 2011 Obie for Sustained Excellence. Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College. Love to Adam.READ MORE
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“RICHLY ENGAGING AND SATISFYINGLY THEATRICAL, WITH HEART AND HUMOR.
A modern-day equivalent to Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN.”
-Andy Propst, TheaterMania
"AN EXCELLENT AND AFFECTING PRODUCTION. DEEPLY INTELLIGENT AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!"
-Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer
“BITTERSWEET AND FUNNY! REAL AND SURREAL
A poignant, pleasurable evening in the theatre.”
-Diana Barth, Epoch Times
"UTTERLY SPELLBINDING! FOUR STARS!
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Golden Globe nominee Linus Roache (RFK, LAW & ORDER) and Heather Burns (MISS CONGENIALITY, MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO) set for world-premiere of MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno at Vineyard Theatre with previews beginning October 6. Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll Golden Globe nominee Linus Roache (widely known for his role as AsstREAD MORE