Stageplays News                        Volume XI, November 2007

 

Meet Our Cast - William Atherton, Jessica McKeee, Robin Riker

William Atherton has starred in motion pictures, on Broadway, and in television.  He achieved international prominence starring in Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut, The Sugarland Express, followed by John Schlesinger’s classic The Day of the Locust, the blockbusters, Die Hard I and II, Ghostbusters, and over 30 other feature films.  Most recently, William co-produced and starred in the award-winning psychological thriller/horror film, Head Space, and has starring roles in the upcoming independent features The Girl Next Store, based on Jack Ketchum’s cult classic novel, and Antonio Negret’s Towards Darkness, with America Ferrara, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

On television, he has starred in Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne’s Broken Trust for TNT, the Hallmark mini-series, Gone, But Not Forgotten, and portrayed Darryl F. Zanuck in HBO’s Golden Globe winner Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Atherton has created roles on and Off Broadway for many of America’s leading playwrights.  He won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the title role in David Wiltse’s Suggs in the City and an Obie nomination for the title role in David Rabe’s The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.  He also earned a Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, and received Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his work in Misalliance.  He starred in the original productions of John Guare’s House of Blue Leaves and Rich and Famous, and the Broadway productions of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock and Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.  His repertoire also includes Steve Tesich’s The Passing Game, George Abbott’s Broadway with Gilda Radner, and The Kennedy Center’s highly acclaimed staging of The Scarecrow.  His most recent New York appearances were Off Broadway in the world premiere of Franz Kafka’s:  The Castle at The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and the original production of Address Unknown, adapted and directed by Frank Dunlop.

 

 

Jessica McKee

Jessica McKee hails from Ann Arbor, MI.  She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she also studied abroad at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.  Jessica was most recently seen in the NY International Fringe Festival’s production of The Medicine Show and just wrapped filming What Happens in Vegas.  Other stage roles include The House of Bernarda Alba, Visions and Scars, I'd Rather Be Falling, Much Ado about Nothing, The Wall of Water, Boise Idaho, Meatballs and Macaroni Casserole, Beneath the Skin, The Hat, and Guys Dolls.  Jessica would like to give special thanks to Tom Ferriter, John Anastasi, and Laura Dragomir for giving her this opportunity.  She would also like to thank her fellow brilliant and beautiful cast members, crew, friends, family, Ashling, Bryan and God for faith, hope and inspiration.

 

Robin Riker

A third generation actress on both sides of her family, Robin was classically trained and  grew up on stage, back stage, taking tickets and selling cookies in the lobby.  Robin has split her time between stage, screen and television ever since.  Her television credits include a recurring role on Boston Legal, as Candy Springtime, The Closer and Cold Case, among others, as well as six series for CBS, ABC and FOX:  Get a Life with Chris Elliott, The Gregory Hines Show, and Thunder Alley with Ed Asner, and the groundbreaking series Brothers,” on SHOWTIME, for which she received two Ace Award nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.  Her movie, Read it and Weep, is currently running on the Disney Channel. 

Never far from the stage, in the past two years Robin has received two Best Actress nominations (Ovation Awards and LA Weekly Theatre Awards) for her portrayal of La Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (The Blank Theatre), a Best Supporting Actress Nomination (Ovation Awards) for the role of Sue Bayliss in The Geffen Playhouse production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and Best Supporting Actress Nomination (LA Weekly Theatre Awards) for her work in George Furth’s play, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex and Sex (a play about gardening), at The Matrix Theatre.  She recently starred opposite Tony Danza in the production of a new Bernard Slade play entitled I Remember You, at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre.  A native New Yorker, Robin is thrilled to be home and over the moon  about making her Off Broadway debut with Stageplays.

 

Pied A Terre - Special Discount Offer for Friends of Stageplays!

Limited Discount Offer - $35 per ticket.  Save 30% on tickets for Pied A Terre by using dicount code PATE at the Box Office, on line at www.ticketcentral.com, or on the phone at 212-279-4200.  Offer good for the first two weeks of performances, expires December 8th, 2007.

Pied A Terre is the story of a television journalist who discovers a penthouse owned by her husband that she was unaware existed.  When a young woman appears, the two women face off and learn they have more in common than they could ever have thought possible.  Not Your Usual Love Triangle.

Pied A Terre performs November 26, 2007 through January 5, 2008, at The Kirk Theatre - 410 West 42nd Street on New York's Theatre Row.

 

On Stage And Screen

The Farnsworth Invention, at the Music Box Theatre, chronicles the dawn of the television era.  A production of epic proportions, laid out on a wide canvas, the story pits Hank Azaria's accomplished portrayal of NBC founder David Sarnoff against the ingenuity and innocence of Jimmi Simpson's Philo T. Farnsworth under Des McAnuff's cool and efficient direction.

Kate Blanchett creates an uncanny impersonation as one of five Bob Dylans in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, a dreamscape of a movie that fascinates and intrigues as it explores the persona of one of Rock & Roll's greatest icons.

 

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