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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Stars in new play reading at George Street Playhouse

           One Night Only: Thursday, November 19, at 7 pm

Thrills George Street Playhouse announced today that veteran star of stage and screen Richard Kind, and Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt) will join Edie Falco, a multiple Emmy Award winner for her leading roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, and Grant Shaud, well known to many as Miles on Murphy Brown, in performing a special reading of Matt Hoverman’s new play, Thrillsville, at the New Brunswick theatre on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 7 pm.  The reading will be directed by GSP Resident Artistic Director Michael Mastro. Proceeds of the one-night-only performance will benefit George Street Playhouse.

Thrillsville, a 2015 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist, is a comic tale for anyone who loves an impossible sibling.  Outrageous, adorable and developmentally disabled Patricia (Falco) is living the good life on her own.  When funds run out for her ongoing care, her brother Chip (Shaud) steps in to help her establish a new life in a new home with new neighbors, including Tim (Kind), and her new social worker, Karen (Lenox).

Benefit tickets for this special reading are priced at $65 with very limited $120 seats available that include a post-performance meet-and-greet reception with the artists.  For tickets and information,contact the George Street Playhouse Box Office, 732-246-7717, or visit www.GSPonline.org

Richard Kind is well known for roles in many television comedies such as Spin City and Mad About You, and films such as Argo and A Serious Man.  A frequent stage performer, his Broadway credits include The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Sly Fox and 2013's The Big Knife, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination.  His numerous voice-acting roles include Toy Story 3, Cars 2, The Penguins of Madagascar and Pixar’s acclaimed Inside Out, as Bing Bong.  He has recently been seen in the Amazon Original series Red Oaks and in Fox’s Gotham.

Adriane Lenox earned the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Mrs. Muller in Doubt.  She has appeared on Broadway in dozens of other shows, including Dreamgirls, Ain't Misbehavin', Chicago, and Kiss Me, Kate.  Two years ago, she earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her role in the musical revue After Midnight. Her screen credits include Lee Daniel's The Butler, The Blind Side, 30 Rock and Black Snake Moan.

Other additions to the cast are Cindy Cheung (Adrianne) and Bruce Faulk (Buzz). Cheung, a frequent stage performer in New York and elsewhere, has appeared in numerous television and film roles, including an episode of Nurse Jackie. Faulk, whose New York stage credits include roles at Roundabout, Signature Theatre Primary Stages, is a playwright who has been a member of Primary Stages New American Writers Group and Playwrights Horizons Writers Group.

Edie Falco has broken many awards records. With her Emmy wins for her role of Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos and for her role as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie, she is the only actress to have won an Emmy in both the comedy and drama categories.  In 2000, she became the only actress to ever receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Television Series, and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama, all in the same year for her performance in the debut season of The Sopranos.  In 2003, she became the first woman to win the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.  Recent stage work includes an off-Broadway appearance in The Madrid in 2013, and her Tony Award-nominated role opposite Ben Stiller in 2011’s House of Blue Leaves on Broadway.

Grant Shaud played Miles Silverberg, the executive producer of the fictional FYI newsmagazine program on television’s long-running Murphy Brown, and also appeared on the 2000 series Madigan Men, starring Gabriel Byrne.  More recently, he has made TV appearances on Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Bravo TV’s Odd Mom Out.  His stage work is highlighted by a Broadway appearance in 2011’s Relatively Speaking, a collection of three one-act plays that includes Elaine May’s George is Dead with Marlo Thomas -- a work that premiered at George Street Playhouse in 2008 as Roger is Dead.

Matt Hoverman has written a number of plays, including Who You See Here and The Glint: a mean little comedy, both of which have been optioned for Broadway.  He was awarded a 2014 Daytime Creative Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Series for PBS Kids’ Arthur. His other TV work includes writing for Curious George, Wonder Rangers and Disney’s Sofia the First.

Michael Mastro has joined GSP for the 2015-16 season as Resident Artistic Director.  At George Street, he helmed The Fabulous Lipitones in 2014 and The Subject Was Roses with Stephanie Zimbalist in 2011, and he appeared in recent years on stage in such productions as The Sunshine Boys, The Pillowman, The Fox on the Fairway and Inspecting Carol. Last season, he directed Ingmar Bergman’s Nora at Delaware Theatre Company, where he was Associate Artistic Director, and he appeared in Ayckbourn’s The Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse. Other directorial assignments include associate director of the recent first national tour of West

Side Story, helmed by GSP Artistic Director David Saint.  As an actor, he works regularly on and off Broadway, regionally, and in film and TV, where he is currently recurring on Law and Order: SVU. Member: Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, Naked Angels, The Actors Center.

George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick's vibrant downtown Arts and Entertainment District, steps away from plentiful parking and dining options for every palate and pocketbook. Visit GSPonline.org when planning your trip for helpful parking and dining recommendations.

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