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LOS ANGELES (May 7, 2014) – Geffen Playhouse announces that Scott Foley (Scandal, The Unit, Felicity), Eric Lange (The Bridge, Weeds), David Rasche (Speed-The-Plow Broadway, Lunch Hour), Emily Swallow (The Mentalist, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Romantic Poetry), and Sarah Steele (off-Broadway: Slowgirl, The Netflix Plays) are joining Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ The Country House.

The Country House begins previews June 3, in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, opening June 11. The play, a new comedy about a deeply dramatic family, marks Margulies’ sixth Geffen Production, including Dinner With Friends, Coney Island Christmas, Time Stands Still, and Sight Unseen.

Inspired by Chekhov's pastoral comedies, this witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each others lives. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Time Stands Still, Good People) directs.

The Country House is a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club, which will present the Broadway run of the production this fall (Previews begin September 9 for an October 2 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre) following the Geffen run. Danner will star in both the Geffen and Manhattan Theatre Club runs of the play. Additional casting for the Manhattan Theatre Club run of The Country House will be announced shortly. The Country House was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program.

World Premiere by Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
A co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club

Previews: Tuesday, June 3 – Tuesday, June 10
Opening Night: Wednesday, June 11
Closing Night: Sunday, July 13

Monday No performance
Tuesday – Friday 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $37-$77 and are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at 310.208.5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.org.

The Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
10866 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

High resolution photos are available at the Geffen online media center: http://geffenplayhouse.org/mediacenter.php


The Country House is Mr. Margulies’s sixth production at the Geffen Playhouse, preceded by Coney Island Christmas, Time Stands Still, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories. His many other plays include Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Loman Fam­ily Picnic, God of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What's Wrong with this Picture?, and Found a Peanut. He has won a Lucille Lortel Award, an Ameri­can Theatre Critics Award, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards, two Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, one Tony Award nomination, six Drama Desk Award nominations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations and one Pulitzer Prize. His works have been per­formed on and off Broadway; at major theatres across the United States including South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Joseph Papp's New York Shake­speare Festival; and in Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Syd­ney, Berlin, Vienna, Istanbul, Mumbai and many other cities around the world. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endow­ment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Me­morial Foundation. He was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature, by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Cultural Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

DANIEL SULLIVAN (Director) most recently directed The Snow Geese, Orphans, and Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway. For The Public Theater, Sullivan directed A Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuff Happens, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Among his Broadway credits are The Columnist, Good People, Time Stands Still, Accent on Youth, The Homecoming, Prelude to a Kiss, Rabbit Hole, After the Night and the Music, Julius Caesar, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, I’m Not Rappaport, Morning’s at Seven, Proof, the 2000 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ah, Wilderness!, The Sisters Rosensweig, Conversations with my Father, and The Heidi Chronicles. Among his Off-Broadway credits are The Night Watcher, Intimate Apparel, Far East, Spinning into Butter, Dinner with Friends, and The Substance of Fire. From 1981 to 1997, he served as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Sullivan is the Swanlund Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

BLYTHE DANNER (Anna Patterson) won two Emmy awards for her role on Showtime’s Huff and was nominated twice for roles on Will & Grace and in Joyce Carol Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups, and her list of career accomplishments continues with a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and nominations for roles in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies. She most recently appeared on Broadway in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It and Off-Broadway in The Commons of Pensacola. Her film roles include Woody Allen's Alice, The Great Santini, the Meet the Parents trilogy, What’s Your Number? and Sylvia, a film in which she appeared with her daughter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Most recently Danner has appeared in The Lucky One and Hello I Must Be Going, and she will next be seen in the films I’ll See You In My Dreams and Tumbledown. Danner takes action to support causes that are important to her. She has passionately advocated for environmental concerns for more than 40 years as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and other groups, and serves on the national board of Planned Parenthood. Since the death of her husband Bruce Paltrow from oral cancer, she has also been helping the Oral Cancer Foundation raise disease awareness.

SCOTT FOLEY (Michael Astor) Scott Foley currently stars as Jake Ballard in ABC’s hit drama Scandal. On film, Foley will next be seen in the comedy, Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife, which he wrote, directed, produced and stars in. Foley’s television credits include the critically acclaimed WB series Felicity, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, The Unit, Cougar Town and Scrubs. Foley made his feature film debut in Wes Craven’s Scream 3 for Dimension Films. He followed that with a leading role in Dimension Films’ Below opposite Matthew Davis and the indie feature Rennie’s Landing opposite Ethan Embry and Peter Facinelli. Foley made his Broadway debut in The Violet Hour. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Foley lived all over the world, including Sydney, Australia, and Tokyo, Japan. Foley attended high school in St. Louis, Missouri, performing in school and community theater productions. And moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school.

ERIC LANGE (Elliot Cooper) starred on the first season of FX’s hit drama, “The Bridge." He has a long list of TV credits but is perhaps best known for his recurring arcs on “Weeds" (Showtime) and “Lost" (ABC). On film, Lange will next appear in Dan Fogelman's “Imagined" (opposite Al Pacino) and Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” (opposite Jake Gyllenhaal). Previous films include “Secretariat" for Disney and Barry Levinson's HBO biopic “You Don’t Know Jack." On stage, Lange received an Ovation Nomination for his work in “Driving Miss Daisy" at the Rubicon Theatre. He was in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” also at the Rubicon, “Ugly’s First World” at the Actors’ Gang, “The Normal Heart” at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, and “Asylum” at the Court Theatre. He is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful play and group of amazingly talented artists. When not acting, Lange enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Lisa.

DAVID RASCHE (Walter Keegan) began his career at Chicago’s “Second City.” Broadway credits: "Speed-The-Plow” (David Mamet), "Lunch Hour,” with Gilda Radner, (dir. Mike Nichols), "Loose Ends” (Michael Weller.) Off-Broadway: “Warrior Class” (Second Stage), Chekhov’s “The Seagull” at CSC ( Richard Seff Award) "Regrets Only" by Paul Rudnick (Manhattan Theater Club), Mamet's "Edmond (Atlantic).” TV credits: recurring roles on HBO series “VEEP” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and “Bored to Death” with Ted Danson, and shows from “Miami Vice” to “Monk.” He was Sledge Hammer in the series of that name. Films include: “In the Loop” (Armando Iannucci), “Burn After Reading” (Coen Brothers), “Men in Black III” (Sonnenfeld), "Flags of our Fathers" (Clint Eastwood), "Flight 93" (Paul Greengrass), "The Sentinel" (with Michael Douglas), "Manhattan" (Woody Allen).

EMILY SWALLOW (Nell McNally) Emily just finished a season as Agent Kim Fischer on CBS' The Mentalist. She previously played Dr. Michelle Robidaux on David E. Kelley and Sanjay Gupta's show Monday Mornings; other television appearances include Southland, Flight of the Conchords, The Good Wife, Medium and NCIS, to name a few. On stage, Emily recently created the role of 'Flo' alongside Mark Rylance in Nice Fish, a world premiere penned by Rylance and poet Louis Jenkins. Emily has appeared on Broadway in High Fidelity, off-Broadway in John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger's Romantic Poetry (Manhattan Theater Club), Measure for Pleasure (Public Theater), The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop) and more. Regional credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Lobby Hero. Emily stars in an upcoming yet-to-be-titled feature directed by Shana Betz (Free Ride). MFA from NYU Graduate Acting Program

SARAH STEELE (Susie Keegan ) Off-Broadway: Slowgirl, Russian Transport, All-American, Speech and Debate, The Netflix Plays, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Regional: Not Waving (Williamstown Theater Festival). Film: The Untitled Gerardo Naranjo Project (upcoming) Trouble Dolls, (upcoming), Brother’s Keeper (upcoming), The Mend, Song One, The To-Do List, Please Give, Margaret, Spanglish, Last Kind Words, Man (short). Television: Girls, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Harry’s Law, Gossip Girl, Law and Order.

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