New Jersey Stage

Sunday, October 6, 2013

MARLO THOMAS CAST IN GEORGE STREET'S "CLEVER LITTLE LIES"

(New Brunswick, NJ) -- George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have announced the casting of MARLO THOMAS, award-winning actress of stage and screen, in the world premiere production of Clever Little Lies, by Tony Award-winner JOE DiPIETRO (rescheduled from the 2012-13 season). Mr. Saint will helm the production, slated to take the stage in New Brunswick, November 19 December 22. The remainder of the cast will be announced at a later date.


"After postponing this play last season, I am thrilled that Marlo will return to George Street for her third appearance on our stage, in a world premiere by the wonderful Joe DiPietro," said Mr. Saint. "They are both remarkable artists and I look forward to welcoming them here once again."

As Clever Little Lies begins, Bill Jr. and his father, Bill are in the locker room discussing their just-completed game. Bill Jr. is distracted, off his game and seemingly under pressure. A confidence shared between father and son sets events into motion in which secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted, escalating into an unexpected revelation that could change everything.

Individual tickets, priced from $38, are now available, as are five- and three-play subscription packages and flexible admission passes. For tickets and information call the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717, or visit the Playhouse website; www.GSPonline.org . George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick's vibrant, revitalized downtown, steps away from public transportation, parking and a wide variety of dining choices. Visit GSPonline.org to help plan your trip, with helpful directions, as well as parking and dining recommendations.

Marlo Thomas has appeared on Broadway in The Shadow Box, Social Security, Thieves and last season's, Relatively Speaking, written by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May. Off-Broadway: The Vagina Monologues, The Guys and The Exonerated (which she also performed in Chicago and Boston). National Tour: Six Degrees of Separation. Regional theatre: Paper Doll, Pittsburgh Public Theater; Woman in Mind, Berkshire Theatre Festival; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hartford Stage; The Effect Of Gamma Rays, Cleveland Playhouse. London West End: Barefoot in the Park. Ms. Thomas has appeared in more than a dozen distinguished television movies, including Nobody's Child, for which she won the Emmy for Best Dramatic Actress. Numerous TV guest appearances including Ugly Betty, Friends and Law & Order. Films include: Playing Mona Lisa, The Real Blonde, Dust and Stardust, In the Spirit, Thieves and Jenny. This summer, she can be seen in L.O.L., co-starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore. Ms. Thomas created the Free to BeYou and Me TV specials, books and records, as well as the bestselling books, The Right Words at the Right Time, Volumes 1 and 2, and Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. 

She starred in and produced the groundbreaking, That Girl, television's first comedy series about a single, independent woman. She has been honored with four Emmys, nine Emmy nominations, the Peabody, the Golden Globe and the Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Ms. Thomas has performed at the George Street Playhouse in Elaine May's Roger Is Dead and Arthur Laurents' New Year's Eve.

Joe DiPietro won the 2012 Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book for the current Broadway hit Nice Work If You Can Get It. He won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score for Memphis, which was also awarded the 2010 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. His other shows include All Shook Up; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (the longest-running musical revue in off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical). His plays include the much-produced Over the River and Through the Woods, The Art of Murder (Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play), Creating Claire and The Last Romance. His work has been produced thousands of times across the country and around the world.

This is David Saint's sixteenth season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. In that time he has directed thirty one mainstage productions, most recently, Good People, Twelve Angry Men , The Nutcracker and I , God of Carnage, Fox on the Fairway, Creating Claire, and Sylvia. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition many new award winning works have begun their life here during his tenure such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, and It Shoulda Been You. He most recently directed the National Tour of West Side Story and has also directed on Broadway, off- Broadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe Di Pietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.


Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint since 1998, George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been represented by numerous productions both on and Off-Broadway. 

Recent productions include The Toxic Avenger (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical), Anne Meara's Down the Garden Paths, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In addition to its mainstage season, GSP's Touring Theatre features four issue-oriented productions and tours to more than 250 schools in the tri-state area, and are seen by more than 60,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.