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by MIKE LEIGH directed by SCOTT ELLIOTT
featuring JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
It's a party only Mike Leigh could conceive: biting, hilarious, and stolen straight from life. Jennifer Jason Leigh performs in the New York premiere of this classic satire of British suburbia in the 1970s, from this master playwright (Ecstasy, Goose-Pimples, Smelling a Rat) and Academy Award-winning filmmaker (Secrets and Lies, Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, Naked).
"THE NEW GROUP AND SCOTT ELLIOTT...TAUGHT NEW YORK THEATERGOERS THAT LEIGH WAS A PROLIFIC PLAYWRIGHT LONG BEFORE HIS MOVIEW MADE HIM FAMOUS." Linda Winer, Newsday
THE MUSIC TEACHER
a Play / Opera
words by WALLACE SHAWN music by ALLEN SHAWN
A rare world premiere by the groundbreaking author of Aunt Dan and Lemon in collaboration with composer Allen Shawn. A unique and startling blend of theatre and opera, The Music Teacher is a story of creation and obsession in which a young teacher and his brilliant female student conceive and perform a new operetta.
"AMERICA'S MOST DANGEROUS PLAYWRIGHT." David Cote, Time Out NY
EVERYTHING'S TURNING INTO BEAUTIFUL
by SETH ZVI ROSENFELD
featuring BOBBY CANNAVALE and ANNABELLA SCIORRA
Another world premiere by a New Group alum (The Flatted Fifth, 1996-1997 season). Bobby Cannavale and Annabella Sciorrastar in this musical story of two songwriters facing their forties and failure - and the possibility of new love.
"MR. ROSENFELD CAN DEFINITELY MAKE HIS CHARACTERS TALK, WITH A VIVID FLAIR ALL THEIR OWN." Ben Brantley, NY Times
THE NEW GROUP (NAKED)
A SPALDING GRAY MATTER
written/performed by MICHAEL BRANDT directed by IAN MORGAN
Brandt explores questions from Gray's illness, disappearance, and assumed suicide as a way of understanding parallel events in his own recent experience. The result is an intimate, gripping story about the effects of illness and recovery on the human psyche.
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