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The Lyons

September 21 - November 20, 2011

Written by Nicky Silver
Directed by Mark Brokaw
With Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Dick Latessa, Linda Lavin, Brenda Pressley, Gregory Wooddell
Ben Lyons is dying. When his wife, Rita, and grown children gather to say goodbye, they learn that, despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, they are propelled into foreign territory — human connection.

Nicky Silver

Nicky Silver (Playwright) has been produced extensively in New York City as well as across Europe and as far away as South Korea (where THE LYONS was called HAPPY HAPPY FAMILY). His plays include PTERODACTYLS (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), THE EROS TRILOGY, THE FOOD CHAIN (Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), FAT MEN IN SKIRTS, FIT TO BE TIED, THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER, FREE WILL & WANTON LUST (Helen Hayes Award), MY MARRIAGE TO ERNEST BORGNINE, THE ALTRUISTS, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination, Drama-Logue Award), TOO MUCH SUN and THE LYONS (Drama Desk nomination).

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Mark Brokaw

(Director) New York premieres include works by David Auburn, Lynda Barry (THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME), Douglas Carter Beane (AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN), Charles Busch, Julia Cho, Lisa Kron (2.5 MINUTE RIDE), Kenneth Lonergan (THIS IS OUR YOUTH, LOBBY HERO), Craig Lucas (THE DYING GAUL), Nicky Silver (THE LYONS, TOO MUCH SUN) and Paula Vogel (HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME). Broadway: HEISENBERG, RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, THE LYONS, AFTER MISS JULIE, THE CONSTANT WIFE, CRY-BABY, RECKLESS. Regional includes Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Center Theatre Group, Yale Rep, La Jolla, Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab and the O’Neill Theatre Conference. He has directed at London’s Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, Dublin’s Gate Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. Mark is the artistic director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and serves on the Executive Board of SDC. Artistic associate: Roundabout Theatre.

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Allen Moyer

(Scenic Designer) Broadway: THE LYONS,  LYSISTRATA JONES, AFTER MISS JULIE, GREY GARDENS (Tony/Drama Desk nominations, Henry Hewes Award), THURGOOD, THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, THE CONSTANT WIFE, TWELVE ANGRY MEN. Off-Broadway: STEVE and RASHEEDA SPEAKING (New Group), DINNER WITH FRIENDS (Roundabout/Laura Pels), FAR FROM HEAVEN (Playwright’s Horizons), GIANT (The Public), A MINISTER’S WIFE and THE NEW CENTURY (Lincoln Center Theater). Extensive opera credits include ORFEO ED EURIDICE for the Metropolitan Opera. Also, ROMEO AND JULIET; ON MOTIFS OF SHAKESPEARE with the Mark Morris Dance Group and CAROUSEL and SHOW BOAT (Live from Lincoln Center) for the New York Philharmonic. 2006 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence

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Linda Lavin

Kennedy Center: FOLLIES; LCT: OTHER DESERT CITIES, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG (Broadway), THE NEW CENTURY (Drama Desk Award; Off-Broadway). Broadway: THE LYONS, COLLECTED STORIES (Tony nomination), HOLLYWOOD ARMS, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE (Tony nomination), THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Tony nom., Drama Desk Award), GYPSY, BROADWAY BOUND (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Helen Hayes awards), THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (Tony nom.), COP OUT, STORY THEATRE, SOMETHING DIFFERENT, IT’S A BIRD…IT’S A PLANE…IT’S SUPERMAN, A FAMILY AFFAIR. Off-Broadway: CAKEWALK; DEATH (The Public); THE MAD SHOW; OH, KAY! (Theatre World Award), LITTLE MURDERS (Outside Critics Circle Award). Regional: FINISHING THE PICTURE, COLLECTED STORIES, DOUBT, RABBIT HOLE, DRIVING MISS DAISY. Film: The Backup Plan, The Muppets Take Manhattan, See You in the Morning, I Want to Go Home. TV: “Alice”, “Barney Miller”, “Room for Two”, “Conrad Bloom”. TV films “The $5.20 an Hour Dream”, “A Matter of Life and Death”, “A Place to Call Home”, “Lena: My 100 Children”, “Best Friends for Life”, “The Ring”, “Collected Stories”. Cabaret: Songs and Confessions of a One-Time Waitress; national appearances include Birdland, The Metropolitan Room, Wilmington Symphony, NY. Upcoming: the film Wanderlust and her first CD, Possibilities!

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Michael Krass

(Costume Design) Vineyard Theatre: THE LANDING, THE LYONS, MARY ROSE, BEAUTIFUL CHILD, EIGHT DAYS (BACKWARD), ANTIGONE IN NY, AMERICA DREAMING, HIT THE LIGHTS. Broadway: MACHINAL (Tony nomination); THE LYONS, AFTER MISS JULIE; THE CONSTANT WIFE (Tony nomination); TWELVE ANGRY MEN; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN; RECKLESS, THE REHEARSAL (Drama Desk nomination), HEDDA GABLER, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE; many more. Off-Broadway: world premieres by Edward Albee, John Guare, Nicky Silver, Kenny Lonergan, David Rabe, Christopher Durang, Alfred Uhry, Theresa Rebeck, Elaine May, Keith Bunin. Downtown NY: built for collapse, THE SERPENT (Daniel Kramer), HADESTOWN (Rachel Chavkin), etc. Dance: BalletTech. Regional: The Guthrie, Arena Stage, The McCarter, Old Globe, La Jolla, ten summers at The Hangar, twelve summers at Williamstown. Film: Campbell Scott’s HAMLET. Opera: PELLEAS AND MELISANDE in St. Petersburg, Russia. Teaching: eighteen years at NYU undergrad, now the grad school at Brown.

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Michael Esper

(Curtis Lyons) Broadway: THE LYONS, AMERICAN IDIOT and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. His Off-Broadway credits include THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, subUrbia, and THE AGONY AND THE AGONY. His regional credits include ME, MYSELF AND I at McCarter Theatre. His TV and film credits include: “All Good Things,” “Bunker Hill,” A Beautiful Mind, and “Dying is Easy.”

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Kate Jennings Grant

(Lisa Lyons) Broadway: THE LYONS, Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS; PROOF and AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER (both directed by Daniel Sullivan). Off-Broadway: Bette in THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, THE BEARD OF AVON (directed by Doug Hughes), BETWEEN US, RADIANT BABY, SUMMER OF '42, BLOOMER GIRL. Regional: BLITHE SPIRIT, TALLEY'S FOLLY, THE MISANTHROPE, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, APPLAUSE. TV includes: “Pan Am,” “Body of Proof,” “Parenthood,” “Royal Pains,” “White Collar,” “Rescue Me,” “Damages,” “Commander in Chief,” “Cold Case,” “3LBS.” Film: “Love and Other Drugs,” Diane Sawyer in “Frost/Nixon,” “The Rebound,” “United 93,” “When A Stranger Calls,” “Forgiven,” “Kinsey.” Kate is a graduate of Juilliard and the University of Pennsylvania.

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David Lander

(Lighting Design) Vineyard: THE LYONS, BEAUTIFUL CHILD, AFTER ASHLEY, THE ARGUMENT, AMERICAN FIESTA. Broadway: MASTER CLASS with Tyne Daly, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Drama Desk Award; Tony and Outer Critics Nominations), 33 VARIATIONS (Tony and Outer Critics noms), I AM MY OWN WIFE (Drama Desk and Outer Critics noms), A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, DIRTY BLOND, GOLDEN CHILD. Off Broadway: MTC, New Group, NYTW , Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Signature Theatre, among others. Regional: Arena Stage, George Street Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, St. Louis MUNY, Old Globe, among others. International: London, Dublin, Caracas, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, among others. Architectural lighting designs in Copenhagen (Tivoli Gardens), Sea World in San Diego and Orlando. Public Art installations in Houston, Pittsburgh, Providence, Denver and New York City.

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Dick Latessa

(Ben Lyons) DICK LATESSA won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance in the Tony Award-winning musical HAIRSPRAY. Other Broadway credits: THE LYONS, CABARET, PROPOSALS, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED…, DAMN YANKEES, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, RUMORS, BROADWAY BOUND, RAGS, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, PASSIONE, I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES, CHAPTER TWO, FOLLIES, AWAKE AND SING!, DUBARRY WAS A LADY; LI’L ABNER. Mr. Latessa’s Off-Broadway credits include: CHAUCER IN ROME, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, FIT TO BE TIED AND SOPHISTRY. His TV and film work includes: "The Substance of Fire," "Alfie," “The Good Wife," and “Six Degrees."

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Brenda Pressley

(Nurse) Brenda Pressley’s stage work includes: THE LYONS, DREAMGIRLS (original company), THE AMERICAN PLAY, CATS, THE MOONEY SHAPIRO SONGBOOK, THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER, MOM HOW DID YOU MEET THE BEATLES?, SEVEN GUITARS, FRAN’S BED, GOODWILL, MARVIN'S ROOM, AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND-THE SONGS OF KANDER AND EBB and BLUES IN THE NIGHT. Her TV and film work includes: “Cradle Will Rock,” “Twisted,” “Body of Proof,” and “Brewster Place” (with Oprah Winfrey).

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David Van Tiegman

(Original Music and Sound Design) Broadway: THE LYONS, DOUBT, BORN YESTERDAY, ARCADIA, ELLING, THE NORMAL HEART, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, RECKLESS, INHERIT THE WIND, FROZEN, AFTER MISS JULIE, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, THE CONSTANT WIFE, THE CRUCIBLE, THE GOOD BODY, UNCLE VANYA. Off-Broadway: THE LYONS,THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE, FARRAGUT NORTH, WIT, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THE GREY ZONE, DISTRACTED, THE HOUSE IN TOWN, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, THE PARIS LETTER, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, JACK GOES BOATING, AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN. Film/TV: Buried Prayers, Working Girls, “Penn & Teller.” Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Elizabeth Streb, Michael Moschen. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Steve Reich. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. Internet: www.vantieghem.com.

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Gregory Wooddell

(Brian) Broadway: THE LYONS, CYMBELINE at Lincoln Center Theatre. Other theatre credits include the world-premiere of Terrence McNally's SOME MEN at Philadelphia Theatre Center, the American premiere of SCHOOL OF NIGHT at Mark Taper Forum, and the world premiere of MIRACLE AT NAPLES at Huntington Theatre. His film and TV credits include “Exposed,” “30 Rock,” “Hard Ball,” “The Paradise Virus,” and “Third Watch.”

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Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Linda Lavin in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Michael Esper, Dick Latessa, and Linda Lavin in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Kate Jennings Grant and Linda Lavin in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Dick Latessa and Kate Jennings Grant in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Kate Jennings Grant and Michael Esper in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Dick Latessa in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Linda Lavin in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Michael Esper and Gregory Wooddell in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Brenda Pressley in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, and Kate Jennings Grant in THE LYONS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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THE LYONS Review Quotes

"NICKY SILVER'S BEST PLAY IN 16 YEARS!

Hilariously frank, clear-sighted, compassionate and forgiving. A metamorphic magic imbues The Lyons. Fluidly directed by Mark Brokaw and performed by top-drawer actors."

-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

THE LYONS  SUCCEEDS MARVELOUSLY!

Silver’s in top form - a funny, furious tale with honesty, savagery, humanity and wit.”

-Scott Brown,

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Nicky Silver's play THE LYONS -- a critical and popular success when it debuted last fall at Vineyard Theatre -- will transfer to Broadway's Cort Theatre (138 W. 48 St.) with preview performances beginning the first week of April prior to an official opening before the April 26 cutoff for

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