The Assembled Parties, With Tony Winner Judith Light and Jessica Hecht, Closes on Broadway July 28
By Carey Purcell
The Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Richard Greenberg's family drama The Assembled Parties, starring Tony Award winner Judith Light and Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht, closes July 28, following three extensions of its run.
MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow staged the production that officially opened on Broadway April 17 after previews that began March 21 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Upon closing, Assembled Parties will have played 28 previews and 119 regular performances.
The production received three Tony Award nominations: Best Play (Richard Greenberg), Best Featured Actress (Judith Light) and Best Scenic Design of a Play (Santo Loquasto). Light, who received the Tony Award, is the first actor to win consecutive Tony Awards in almost 20 years.
In addition to Light (Other Desert Cities, Lombardi) and Hecht (Harvey, A View from the Bridge), the original cast featured Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park), Jonathan Walker (The Divine Sister), Obie Award winner Mark Blum (Gus and Al), Lauren Blumenfeld (We Are Proud to Present…), Alex Dreier (Billy Elliot) and Jake Silbermann ("As the World Turns").
Remy Auberjonois (Death of a Salesman, Equivocation) joined the cast July 9, playing the role of Jeff, previously played by Shamos.
According to MTC, "The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly — or perhaps by design — insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, [it's] an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium."
The creative team included Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Obadiah Eaves (original music and sound design).
Greenberg, a Tony Award winner for his play Take Me Out, is author of The American Plan, The Violet Hour, Three Days of Rain and Eastern Standard, among other plays, plus the recent Broadway adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Off-Broadway musical Far From Heaven.
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