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The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director) launched its 2011-12 Season with Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning and followed with the extended run of Erika Sheffer’s Russian Transport (both directed by Scott Elliott).  Last season, the company presented Tommy Nohilly’s Blood From A Stone featuring Ethan Hawke (Obie winner), the revival of Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce starring Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley, and One Arm (co-production with Tectonic Theater Project) based on an unproduced screenplay by Tennessee Williams, adapted for the stage and directed by Moisés Kaufman.  In 2009-10, The New Group presented the extended run of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Starry Messenger featuring Matthew Broderick, the sold-out revival of Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind directed by Ethan Hawke, and the world premiere of the new musical The Kid.  Other productions include Ian Bruce’s Groundswell, Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta…, Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want, Jay Presson Allen’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Bernard Weinraub’s The Accomplices.  Additional standouts include David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand YearsAbigail’s PartySmelling a RatGoose-Pimples and Ecstasy, Wallace Shawn’s The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon, Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth and Kevin Elyot’s Mouth to Mouth and My Night With Reg.  The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony® Award for Best Musical (Avenue Q).  The New Group and Artistic Director Scott Elliott were honored with a Special 2010-11 Drama Desk Award “for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

An Early History Of Fiire  | Open: 04/05/12 Close: 05/26/12
The New Group proudly presents the world premiere of An Early History of Fire, a new play by Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe.  Directed by Jo Bonney, this production features Deema AitkenGordon ClappErin DarkeJonny OrsiniDevin RatrayDennis Staroselsky, Theo Stockman and Claire van der Boom.  Limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated April 5 – May 26 at The New Group @ Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).  Official Opening Night is set for Monday, April 30 at 7:00 PM.
 
An Early History of Fire is set in a small Midwestern town at the tipping point of the early 1960s.  A few years out of high school, Danny finds his days defined by friendship and loyalty – but a confusing new world encroaches in the form of Karen, back from college in the East, alluring and unsettling because of all she has learned.  Awhirl in longing and eyeing a chance for radical change, Danny struggles against the grip of his immigrant father, who clings to his only son while mourning a vanished world of lost prestige.  Poignant in its portrayal of the loss of America’s innocence, this world premiere marks David Rabe’s return to The New Group, following the company’s acclaimed 2005 revival of Hurlyburly.

An Early History of Fire
 features Deema Aitken (“Fritz,” Film: Yelling to the Sky; TV: “Law & Order”), Gordon Clapp (“Pop,” B’way: Glengarry Glen Ross -Tony® nom.; at The New Group: Blood From A Stone; Film: Flags of Our FathersSunshine StateThe Game Plan; TV: “NYPD Blue,”-Emmy Award, “CSI,” “Monk,” “Without A Trace,” “Deadwood,” “Damages”), Erin Darke (“Shirley,” Theater: Summer Shorts Festival/59E59; Film: We Need to Talk about Kevin; TV: “Pan Am”), Jonny Orsini (“Terry,” Off-B’way: Be a Good Little Widow/Ars Nova; Film: Cigarette Candy), Devin Ratray (“Benji,” at The New Group: Marie and Bruce; Film: Home Alone and Home Alone 2Dennis the MenaceLittle Monsters; TV: “Law & Order” series, “Supernatural,” “Third Watch,” “New York Undercover”), Dennis Staroselsky (“Jake,” Theater: Back, Back, Back/Dallas Theater Center,  The Mambo Kings/Golden Gate Theater, Biloxi Blues/Geva Theater Center, Dead End/Huntington Theatre Co.; TV: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Nurse Jackie”), Theo Stockman (B’way: American IdiotHair; TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Private Practice,” “CSI,” “30 Rock”) as “Danny” and Claire van der Boom (Film: Red Hill; TV: “Hawaii Five-O,” “City Homicide”) as “Karen.”  
 
David Rabe’s first play in New York in 1971 was The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.  This was  followed by Sticks and BonesThe OrphanIn the Boom Boom Room and Streamers, all produced by Joseph Papp.  Hurlyburly came later, as did Those the River KeepsA Question of MercyThe Dog Problem and The Black Monk adapted from Chekhov.  In recent years he has devoted his time more to fiction as he pursued a course begun with the novel Recital of the Dog.  Since 2005 he has published A Primitive Heart, a book of stories, and two novels, Dinosaurs on the Roof and Girl by the Road at Night.  A fourth novel was completed not long ago, along with several plays.  Among his awards are the Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Obie, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Tony and three Hull-Warriner Awards.
 
Jo Bonney’s directorial credits include: Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage); Break of Noon (MCC); Culture Clash’s American Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Darci Picoult’s Lil’s 90th (Long Wharf Theatre); Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War (Public Theatre Lab); Naomi Wallace’s The Hard Weather Boating Party (The Humana Festival) and Fever Chart (Public Theatre Lab); Michael Weller’s Beast (New York Theatre Workshop); Alan Ball's All that I Will Ever Be (NYTW); Eric Bogosian's subUrbia; Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play and Lisa Loomer's Living Out (Second Stage); Will Power's The Seven (NYTW & La Jolla Playhouse - Lortel Best Musical); Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (MCC & Geffen Playhouse); Some Girl(s) (MCC); Carol Churchill's Top Girls (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Christopher Shinn's On the Mountain (Playwrights Horizons); Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics (Arena Stage); Universes' Slanguage (NYTW/ Mark Taper Forum); Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July (Signature Theatre - Lortel Best Revival); Jose Rivera's Adoration of the Old Woman (La Jolla Playhouse) and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (The Public Theater); Diana Son's Stop Kiss and Anna Deavere Smith's House Arrest (The Public Theater); Jessica Goldberg's Good Thing (The New Group); John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (CSC,NY); Danny Hoch's Some People and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (USA/Britain); Dael Orlandersmith’s Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre, Washington & The Goodman Theatre); numerous solos: Sex, Drugs, Rock & RollPounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead by Eric Bogosian (USA/Britain).  Recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction and editor of Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (TCG).
 
An Early History of Fire features Set Design by Neil Patel (B’way: OleannaSideman‘Night MotherWonderlandRing of Fire; Off-B’way: By the Way, Meet Vera StarkThis Beautiful City, others), Lighting Design by Lap Chi Chu (The Good Negro - Lortel nom. and Father Comes Home From the War both at The Public Theater; Wildflower/Second Stage), Costume Design by Theresa Squire (B’way: The Lieutenant of InishmoreHigh Fidelity; at The New Group: Blood From A StoneRafta, Rafta…The Accomplices; other Off-B’way: Orson’s Shadow, more) and Sound Design by Ken Travis (B’way: MemphisThe Threepenny OperaBarefoot in the ParkSteel Magnolias; at The New Group: The KidTwo Thousand YearsAbigail’s PartyHurlyburly, more).  Dialect Coach is Doug Paulson and Fight Director is David Anzuelo.
 


About the Company: The New Group

The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director) launched its 2011-12 Season with Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning and followed with the extended run of Erika Sheffer’s Russian Transport (both directed by Scott Elliott).  Last season, the company presented Tommy Nohilly’s Blood From A Stone featuring Ethan Hawke (Obie winner), the revival of Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce starring Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley, and One Arm (co-production with Tectonic Theater Project) based on an unproduced screenplay by Tennessee Williams, adapted for the stage and directed by Moisés Kaufman.  In 2009-10, The New Group presented the extended run of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Starry Messenger featuring Matthew Broderick, the sold-out revival of Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind directed by Ethan Hawke, and the world premiere of the new musical The Kid.  Other productions include Ian Bruce’s Groundswell, Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta…, Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want, Jay Presson Allen’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Bernard Weinraub’s The Accomplices.  Additional standouts include David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand YearsAbigail’s PartySmelling a RatGoose-Pimples and Ecstasy, Wallace Shawn’s The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon, Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth and Kevin Elyot’s Mouth to Mouth and My Night With Reg.  The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony® Award for Best Musical (Avenue Q).  The New Group and Artistic Director Scott Elliott were honored with a Special 2010-11 Drama Desk Award “for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions.

 

 

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Mouth to Mouth  | Open: 10/21/08 Close: 12/27/08
Frank, a gay writer living with AIDS, attends a party at his friend Laura's house to celebrate the return of her teenage son from abroad. As the story shifts back and forth through time, it's clear that Frank may have played an unscrupulous part in the unraveling of his best friend's family.

Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play, this West End hit is a haunting, twisting tale of undeclared passion and the fine line between intimacy and betrayal.

Mouth to Mouth enjoyed its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in 2001. Kevin Elyot's play, My Night with Reg, earned him the 1994 London Critic Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright and earned an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy.

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The Good Mother  | Open: 10/30/12 Close: 12/22/12
 In this taut psychological thriller, Larissa (Gretchen Mol) is a single mother who can barely meet the mortgage on her house in Mount Vernon, NY.  When a bizarre incident involving her 4-year-old daughter forces her to face someone from her past, her own questionable actions come back to haunt her. 

 
Directed by Scott ElliottThe Good Mother features Mark Blum (Broadway: Gore Vidal's The Best ManTwelve Angry MenA Thousand ClownsLost in Yonkers; at The New Group: The Music Teacher), Darren Goldstein (B’way: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; at The New Group: Mouth To MouthAbigail’s PartyTerrorism; TV: “Damages”), Gretchen Mol (B’way: Chicago, Off-B’way: The Shape of Things (also film); Film: 3:10 to YumaThe Notorious Bettie PageCelebrityRoundersDonnie Brasco; TV: “Boardwalk Empire”), Alfredo Narciso (Off-B’way: The Unusual Love Life of Bed Bugs and Other CreaturesChimichangas & ZoloftThe Ugly OneThinner Than WaterEdgewiseMicrocrisis) and Eric Nelsen (B’way: 13 the Musical; Off-B’way: Time BeingRagamuffinsInteraction). 
 
This production includes Set Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Cynthia Rowley, Lighting Design by Jason Lyons and Sound Design by Bart Fasbender.
 
Playwright Francine Volpe’s credits include The Given (directed by Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante, finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Late Fragment (Studio Dante), Sweethearts (The New Company), Giftbox (stageFARM).  Her work has been developed at A.C.T., Arena Stage, Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theater, SoHo Rep.  Graduate of the Juilliard School, teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, ESPA, Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles.  Member of New Dramatists.
 
Scott Elliott is the founding Artistic Director of The New Group, where he has produced over 50 plays, 24 of which he directed, including last season’s world premieres of Erika Sheffer’s Russian Transport and Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning and also The Kid (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical).  He also directed Ayub Khan Din’s East is East and Rafta, Rafta…at The New Group. 

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