Manhattan Theatre Club will present the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Swing Of The Sea as part of its off-Broadway season next spring, in a production staged by MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. For Greenberg, whose Broadway credits include Take Me Out and Three Days Of Rain with Julia Roberts, it’s collaboration number 11 with the prestige nonprofit.
MTC describes the play thusly: Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi’s New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future. Swing is slated to begin performances May 26, 2015 at the company’s City Center Stage I.
MTC also announced casting for Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World Of Extreme Happiness, a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where it will open in September before arriving in New York at Stage 1 next February. The play was previously workshopped at London’s National Theatre.
The World Of Extreme Happiness will be staged by Eric Ting. Cast includes Jennifer Lim (David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish) as a woman “determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city.” Both runs of the play will feature Ruy Iskander (The Dance and the Railroad, Fox’s Gotham), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly, The Good Wife), Jodi Long (Flower Drum Song, Sullivan and Son), Jo Mei (A Picture of You), and Andrew Pang (The King and I, Believe).