"I love this institution - these walls - these people - as much as i love anything in the world."
—Nicky Silver

TOO MUCH SUN

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In TOO MUCH SUN, Audrey Langham – a celebrated actress – unravels completely while preparing for a new production of MEDEA. With nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. She is not, however, greeted with confetti and champagne. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. This stirring story of an unforgettable summer reunites playwright Nicky Silver, director Mark Brokaw and Tony Award-winning actress Linda Lavin following their acclaimed collaboration on THE LYONS and its subsequent Broadway transfer.

EXTENDED THRU JUNE 22 ONLY!

 


“CRITICS’ PICK! AN UNCONDITIONAL TREAT! LINDA LAVIN IS AT THE VERY TOP OF HER GAME! SHE IS REMARKABLE.

Jennifer Westfeldt is terrific. Mr. Silver is a dramatist with an original and thoroughly sustained tragicomic worldview. He gives the cast the generous gift of speaking beautifully, in epigrams and winged barbs and poetic soliloquies that cascade like a Schubert impromptu.”

– Ben Brantley, The New York Times


“LAVIN IS PRICELESS!

She is in a class by herself, at once monstrously funny and absurdly human.
Don’t even ask how she does it. Her comic mastery remains a mystery.”

– Marilyn Stasio, Variety


“LINDA LAVIN SHINES BRIGHTLY IN ‘TOO MUCH SUN’!

She is terrific. Jennifer Westfeldt is excellent.”

– Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press


★ ★ ★ ★
“CHEERS!

All the Silver trademarks are here, but they emerge fresh in Mark Brokaw’s smart, delicate staging.”

- David Cote, Time Out New York


“WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE DAZZLING LINDA LAVIN IN ‘TOO MUCH SUN’!

Nicky Silver’s latest lets her pull out all the stops.”

– Frank Scheck, NY Post


“HILARIOUS AND HEARTBREAKING!

Under Brokaw’s steady direction, this solid ensemble registers powerful performances. The show floats along on Silver’s considerable wit and the cast’s ability to deliver it with flawless timing.”

– Zachary Stewart, Theatermania


“SHARPLY DIRECTED BY MARK BROKAW!

Lavin masterfully blends Audrey’s contradictions into a shimmering portrait of a life in flux.”

– Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway


“LAVIN AT HER MOST HILARIOUS!

Too Much Sun benefits from director Mark Brokaw’s smooth direction.”

– Elyse Sommer, Curtain Up


★ ★ ★ ★
“ONE OF MR. SILVER’S FUNNIEST PLAYS TO DATE!

Director Mark Brokaw extracts outstanding performances from the gifted ensemble. Linda Lavin is wonderfully acerbic. Jennifer Westfeldt gives a poignant portrayal of Kitty.

– Scott Harrah, Stagezine.com


“STUNNING! ‘TOO MUCH SUN’ SHINES BRIGHTLY!
LAVIN DELIVERS A TOP-NOTCH PERFORMANCE, THE NEW THEATER SEASON’S FINEST.

The actress uses every bullet in her arsenal, from her martini-dry delivery of a putdown to the perfect raised eyebrow to her still-superb singing voice, and hits bulls-eye after bulls-eye. Mark Brokaw provides sure-handed direction.”

– Brian Scott Lipton, Cititour.com


Scenic Design

Donyale Werle

Costume Design

Michael Krass

Lighting Design

David Lander

Original Music & Sound Design

David Van Tieghem

Casting

Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA

Production Stage Manager

Winnie Y. Lok

Assistant Stage Manager

Ed Herman

General Management

DR Theatrical Management

Press Representative

Sam Rudy Media Relations

Production Manager

Adrian White

Run time: approximately 2 hours 5 minutes including one 10-minute intermission

PHOTO ABOVE: Nicky Silver. Photo by Jordan Hollender. PHOTO BELOW: Linda Lavin

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World Premiere

TOO MUCH SUN

May 1 - June 22

By Nicky Silver
Directed by Mark Brokaw
with Ken Barnett, Richard Bekins, Matt Dellapina, Matt Dickson, Linda Lavin, JENNIFER WESTFELDT
In TOO MUCH SUN, Audrey Langham - a celebrated actress - unravels completely while preparing for a new production of MEDEA. With nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. She is not, however, greeted with confetti and champagne. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. This stirring story of an unforgettable summer reunites playwright Nicky Silver, director Mark Brokaw and Tony Award-winning actress Linda Lavin following their acclaimed collaboration on THE LYONS and its subsequent Broadway transfer.

EXTENDED THRU JUNE 22 ONLY!

 

“CRITICS’ PICK! AN UNCONDITIONAL TREAT! LINDA LAVIN IS AT THE VERY TOP OF HER GAME! SHE IS REMARKABLE.

Jennifer Westfeldt is terrific. Mr. Silver is a dramatist with an original and thoroughly sustained tragicomic worldview. He gives the cast the generous gift of speaking beautifully, in epigrams and winged barbs and poetic soliloquies that cascade like a Schubert impromptu.”

– Ben Brantley, The New York Times


“LAVIN IS PRICELESS!

She is in a class by herself, at once monstrously funny and absurdly human. Don’t even ask how she does it. Her comic mastery remains a mystery.”

– Marilyn Stasio, Variety


“LINDA LAVIN SHINES BRIGHTLY IN 'TOO MUCH SUN'!

She is terrific. Jennifer Westfeldt is excellent."

– Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press


★ ★ ★ ★ "CHEERS!

All the Silver trademarks are here, but they emerge fresh in Mark Brokaw’s smart, delicate staging.”

- David Cote, Time Out New York


“WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE DAZZLING LINDA LAVIN IN ‘TOO MUCH SUN’!

Nicky Silver’s latest lets her pull out all the stops.”

– Frank Scheck, NY Post


“HILARIOUS AND HEARTBREAKING!

Under Brokaw's steady direction, this solid ensemble registers powerful performances. The show floats along on Silver's considerable wit and the cast's ability to deliver it with flawless timing.”

– Zachary Stewart, Theatermania


“SHARPLY DIRECTED BY MARK BROKAW!

Lavin masterfully blends Audrey’s contradictions into a shimmering portrait of a life in flux.”

– Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway


“LAVIN AT HER MOST HILARIOUS!

Too Much Sun benefits from director Mark Brokaw's smooth direction."

– Elyse Sommer, Curtain Up


★ ★ ★ ★ “ONE OF MR. SILVER’S FUNNIEST PLAYS TO DATE!

Director Mark Brokaw extracts outstanding performances from the gifted ensemble. Linda Lavin is wonderfully acerbic. Jennifer Westfeldt gives a poignant portrayal of Kitty.

– Scott Harrah, Stagezine.com


“STUNNING! ‘TOO MUCH SUN’ SHINES BRIGHTLY! LAVIN DELIVERS A TOP-NOTCH PERFORMANCE, THE NEW THEATER SEASON’S FINEST.

The actress uses every bullet in her arsenal, from her martini-dry delivery of a putdown to the perfect raised eyebrow to her still-superb singing voice, and hits bulls-eye after bulls-eye. Mark Brokaw provides sure-handed direction.”

– Brian Scott Lipton, Cititour.com


Scenic Design
Donyale Werle
Costume Design
Michael Krass
Lighting Design
David Lander
Original Music & Sound Design
David Van Tieghem
Casting
Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA
Production Stage Manager
Winnie Y. Lok
Assistant Stage Manager
Ed Herman
General Management
DR Theatrical Management
Press Representative
Sam Rudy Media Relations
Production Manager
Adrian White Run time: approximately 2 hours 5 minutes including one 10-minute intermission PHOTO ABOVE: Nicky Silver. Photo by Jordan Hollender. PHOTO BELOW: Linda Lavin

Linda Lavin

(Audrey Langham) 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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Jennifer Westfeldt

Jennifer Westfeldt (Kitty) made her Broadway debut in Wonderful Town, directed by Kathleen Marshall, for which she received a Tony nomination, a Theater World Award and a Drama League Award. Her recent stage work includes the world premieres of Scott Z. Burns’ THE LIBRARY at The Public Theater, directed by Stephen Soderbergh, Nell Benjamin’s THE EXPLORERS CLUB at Manhattan Theater Club, directed by Marc Bruni, Cusi Cram’s A LIFETIME BURNING at Primary Stages, directed by Pam MacKinnon, Joe Gilford’s FINKS at The Powerhouse Theater/NYSAF, directed by Charlie Stratton, and Stephen Belber’s THE POWER OF DUFF at The Powerhouse Theater, directed by Peter Dubois. An actress and filmmaker, Jennifer Westfeldt is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the indie films Kissing Jessica Stein (Indie Spirit Nomination, Golden Satellite Award, multiple Audience Awards), Ira & Abby (Best Actress/HBO Comedy Festival, multiple Audience Awards), and 2012’s Friends With Kids (Top Ten Films of 2012, New York Magazine, NPR), which also marked her directorial debut. Recent television credits include “Girls,” “24,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Notes From the Underbelly,” and “Children’s Hospital.”

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Matt Dickson

Matt Dickson (Lucas) Broadway: WAR HORSE, THE COAST OF UTOPIA. Off-Broadway: THE HOUSE IN TOWN (Lincoln Center Theater). Regional: ROMEO AND JULIET (Playmakers Repertory Company), IN THE BOOK OF (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), WALLFLOWER (Stages Repertory Theatre), SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, SONIA FLEW, THE ROSE TATTOO, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Huntington Theatre Company), KING LEAR (Actors Shakespeare Project), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Television: “All My Children,” “New Amsterdam.” Directing credits include: Ensemble Studio Theatre, INTAR, Studio42, Dixon Place, Primary Stages and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Matt is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. B.F.A. from Boston University.

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Ken Barnett

Ken Barnett (Dennis) Broadway: WONDERFUL TOWN directed by Kathleen Marshall, Julie Taymor’s THE GREEN BIRD.  Off-Broadway: FEBRUARY HOUSE at the Public, Paula Vogel’s AND BABY MAKES SEVEN, MANON/SANDRA, LA RONDE, DEBBIE DOES DALLAS, WHORE OF SHERIDAN SQUARE, CHRISTMAS CAROL at Madison Square Garden, et al. Regional: recently created the role of Monty Navarro in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER (Hartford Stage & Old Globe).  He has played leading roles in plays and musicals at Pittsburgh Public, Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf, Delaware Theatre Company, Prince Music Theatre, the Guthrie, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Film work includes Admission, People Like Us, Friends with Kids, Ira and Abby, and Puccini for Beginners; and for television: “Mad Men,” “In Plain Sight,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Entourage,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Monk.” A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has received two Connecticut Critics Circle Acting Awards and a Best Actor Award from NY Fringe Festival.

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Richard Bekins

Richard Bekins (Winston)  is very happy to be returning to The Vineyard Theatre after appearing last year in SOMEWHERE FUN. His Broadway appearances include HAPPY NEW YEAR, TARTUFFE, and LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!.  Off Broadway he has appeared in THE NORMAL HEART (Public Theatre), THE MADDENING TRUTH (Keen Company), PATIENT A (Signature Theatre), among others. Some of the regional theatres he has worked at include Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Geffen Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, and the Alley Theatre. His film appearances include roles in Young Adult, Limitless, Julie & Julia, United 93, Bleeding House, Brother To Brother, Feast Of The Goat, Nor’easter, How We Got Away With It. Some of his Television credits include “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Blacklist,” “Mad Men,” “Elementary,” “Person Of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “Rescue Me,” “Damages,” “Army Wives,” “Law & Order,” “L&O SVU,” “L&O Criminal Intent.”

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Matt Dellapina

(Gil) Off-Broadway: THE TUTORS (Second Stage), OUTSIDE PEOPLE (Vineyard Theatre), THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY (Roundabout), THE STEADFAST (Slant Theatre Project), UNDERNEATHMYBED (Rattlestick), TELEPHONE (Foundry), ALICEGRACEANON (New Georges), IN THE FOOTPRINT (The Civilians) NO NO NO YES (Ars Nova, The PIT), TENDER (Public, SPF), #9 (Waterwell), and GONE MISSING (Barrow Street).  Film/TV: These Hopeless Savages, True Story, The Quitter, Safe, Proud Iza, Casual Encounters, “Person Of Interest”, “Do No Harm”, “Romney Rock”, “CSI:NY”, “Onion SportsDome”, “Law & Order”, “Yoga Partners”.  Matt is an Associate Artist of The Civilians and a Co-Artistic Director of Slant Theatre Project.  His new feature film, These Hopeless Savages, which he co-wrote and stars in, will be out later this spring through Working Group Pictures.

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TOO MUCH SUN Calendar

May 1 - June 22, 2014 Tuesday - Wednesday, 7PM Thursday - Saturday, 8PM Saturday & Sunday, 3PM

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Linda Lavin in TOO MUCH SUN.
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Jennifer Westfeldt, Linda Lavin and Matt Dellapina in TOO MUCH SUN.
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Linda Lavin and Matt Dellapina in TOO MUCH SUN.
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Matt Dickson and Ken Barnett in TOO MUCH SUN.
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Richard Bekins and Linda Lavin in TOO MUCH SUN.
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Jennifer Westfeldt and Linda Lavin in TOO MUCH SUN.
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Ken Barnett and Jennifer Westfeldt in TOO MUCH SUN
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Jennifer Westfeldt and Linda Lavin in TOO MUCH SUN.
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Linda Lavin and Jennifer Westfeldt in TOO MUCH SUN.
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TOO MUCH SUN Review Quotes

“CRITICS’ PICK! AN UNCONDITIONAL TREAT! LINDA LAVIN IS AT THE VERY TOP OF HER GAME! SHE IS REMARKABLE.

Jennifer Westfeldt is terrific. Mr. Silver is a dramatist with an original and thoroughly sustained tragicomic worldview. He gives the cast the generous gift of speaking beautifully, in epigrams and winged barbs and poe

READ MORE

Linda Lavin to Lead Nicky Silver's 'TOO MUCH SUN'

The Tony Award-winning actress Linda Lavin will return to the Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.) - where she created the role of Rita Lyons in Nicky Silver's acclaimed comedy THE LYONS in 2012 - in Mr. Silver's newest work, TOO MUCH SUN, with previews set to begin May 1,

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Final Piece of The Vineyard 2013-14 Season and cast for The Landing Announced

The Vineyard Theatre, Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, and Sarah Stern, Co-Artistic Director, proudly announces the third production of their 2013-2014 season and casting of the world premiere musical THE LANDING. Tony and Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce (CURTAINS, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, “Frasier”), Drama Desk Award-nominee Julia Murney (An

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