The Other Place: A Show That’s Hard to Get Out of Your Head

 

This was the official website for the theatrical production of THE OTHER PLACE. The content below is from the site's archived pages. The final performance at the Manhattan Theater Club was March 3, 2011.

Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

 

 

BROADWAY PREMIERE
Manhattan Theatre Club
Directed by Joe Mantello
With Laurie Metcalf, Daniel Stern (replaced by Bill Pullman), 
Zoe Perry and John Schiappa at MTC's Samuel J. Freidman theatre.
Extended through March 3, 2013.


OFF-BROADWAY PREMIERE
MCC Theatre
Directed by Joe Mantello
With Laurie Metcalf, Dennis Boutsikaris, Aya Cash, and John Schiappa
at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
Opened March 28, 2011, Extended Through May 1, 2011

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

 

Three-time Emmy® Award winner and Tony Award® nominee LAURIE METCALF ("Roseanne," "The Big Bang Theory," November) stars in MTC's Broadway-premiere production of THE OTHER PLACE, a riveting new psychological thriller by fast-rising playwright SHARR WHITE and directed by two-time Tony Award winner JOE MANTELLO (Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Love! Valour! Compassion!).

Metcalf gives a "DAZZLING, MUST-BE-SEEN PERFORMANCE" (Variety) as Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

Production support provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the MTC/Sloan Science Theatre Initiative.

Additional support for THE OTHER PLACE is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

 

REVIEWS

 
 

"LAURIE METCALF is SUPERB in a performance of INTENSE HUMANITY. The mystery of her character keeps acquiring new layers, and she brings an intensity and precision that TRANSFIXES. THE OTHER PLACE is POTENTLY ACTED, CUNNINGLY CONSTRUCTED and NIMBLY DIRECTED by JOE MANTELLO. DANIEL STERN and ZOE PERRY are EXCELLENT. It would be unfair to describe the final transformation, but you can rest assured it is entirely convincing, and PRETTY CLOSE TO HEARTBREAKING."

The New York Times

 
 

"EXQUISITE and PIERCING. LAURIE METCALF is passing between dimensions right before our eyes, and daring us to keep up. Her performance is a great ringing cry from the darkness, suitable for an amphitheater. And ZOE PERRY is SUPERB in this haunting psychological drama by SHARR WHITE."

New York Magazine

 
 

"A show that’s hard to get out of your head. LAURIE METCALF makes every one of these 70 minutes SPARK and CRACKLE. SHARR WHITE cannily jigsaws together details until they form a full picture, complete with a TOUCHING EMOTIONAL KICK. JOE MANTELLO’s bracing production unfolds seamlessly. DANIEL STERN and JOHN SCHIAPPA are TOP-NOTCH."

Daily News

 
 

"THE OTHER PLACE is DESTINATION THEATRE! AN EXCEPTIONAL CAST, HIGH DRAMA and a GRIPPINGLY INTENSE PRODUCTION have made MTC the PLACE TO BE."

NY1

 
 

"BREATHTAKING, CRACKLING THEATER with REAL EMOTIONAL HEFT. LAURIE METCALF is MESMERIZING."

Entertainment Weekly

 
 

"A STUNNING PIECE OF THEATRE with a SEARING, BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE by LAURIE METCALF. Seeing METCALF and ZOE PERRY onstage together as mother and daughter is one of those beautiful things that come around too infrequently. The two are in real life mother and daughter, and PERRY is EVERY BIT AS WONDERFUL AS HER MOM."

AP

 
 

"LAURIE METCALF is among our most intense stage presences. When her anguish hits full force, it’s like a punch in the gut."

New York Post

 
 

"At MTC’s Broadway venue, THE OTHER PLACE is reaching the broad audience the drama deserves. I DARE YOU TO TAKE YOUR EYES OF LAURIE METCALF. She’s MAGNIFICENT in this TIGHTLY SWIRLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER by SHARR WHITE, directed with UNFLINCHING STEALTH by JOE MANTELLO and BEAUTIFULLY PLAYED by DANIEL STERN with a dignity that shreds into heartbreak."

Newsday

 
 

"A MUST-SEE DRAMA. METCALF is EXTRAORDINARY in ONE OF THE SEASON’S GREATEST PERFORMANCES. DANIEL STERN is DEVASTATING and ZOE PERRY is SIMPLY STUNNING."

Theatermania

 
 

"COMPELLING and INTELLIGENT. It’s a RARE PLEASURE to see DANIEL STERN on a New York stage, and LAURIE METCALF is MESMERIZING in a SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE. By turns proud, defensive, cruelly cutting and utterly helpless, she pushes us away only to yank us back with shattering self-exposure. THIS IS FEARLESS ACTING."

The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

MEET THE CAST

 

LAURIE METCALF (Juliana)

Originated the role of Juliana Off-Broadway in MCC's production of Sharr White's The Other Place directed by Joe Mantello for which she received Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. In New York, Metcalf most recently appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer. She has also appeared on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in David Mamet's comedy November, a performance for which she received a Best Featured Actress Tony nomination. Metcalf has also appeared in Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, directed by Ethan Hawke for The New Group and Balm in Gilead at the Circle Rep, for which she received Drama Desk, Obie, and Theatre World Awards. In London, Metcalf has appeared in Arthur Miller's All My Sons directed by Howard Davies and most recently starred in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night directed by Anthony Page. An ensemble member at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1976, Metcalf is the recipient of seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and three L.A. Ovation Awards. Metcalf won three Emmy awards for her role as Jackie Harris on "Roseanne". She was also nominated for an Emmy for her work on "Desperate Housewives". Metcalf's film credits include Internal Affairs, Desperately Seeking Susan, Toy Story, Bulworth, and Leaving Las Vegas.

 

BILL PULLMAN (Ian)

Is most widely known for his iconic film roles (jazz musician Fred Madison in David Lynch's noir-horror film Lost Highway; President Thomas J. Whitmore in Roland Emmerich's blockbuster Independence Day; the skeptical brother, Jack Callaghan, in While You Were Sleeping). His theater work includes The Jacksonian from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart), the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Oleanna opposite Julia Stiles, the Broadway world premiere of Edward Albee's The Goat (Drama Desk nomination), and the New York premiere of Albee's Peter & Jerry (Drama Desk nomination). Pullman can be seen in the new film from award-winning director Cherien Dabis (Amreeka), May in the Summer, and is the subject of a new documentary from award-winning director Yung Chang (Up The Yangtze, China Heavyweight), The Fruit Hunters. Currently, Bill Pullman also stars as President Dale Gilchrist in NBC's First Family comedy "1600 Penn."

ZOE PERRY (The Woman)

Makes her Broadway debut in The Other Place. Perry returns to New York after spending time in Los Angeles, where she appeared in the West Coast premiere of The Lieutenant of Inishmore at CTG's Mark Taper Forum, directed by Wilson Milam and co-starring Chris Pine. Perry is a member of the celebrated Antaeus Theater Company in Los Angeles where she has appeared in numerous plays including Peace in Our Time (Charles McNulty's top 10 of 2011) and The Autumn Garden. Her television appearances include guest roles on "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Cold Case" and "My Boys." She's also appeared in the films, Cotton (co-starring Gary Cole), Turkey Bowl, and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. Perry is a graduate of Northwestern University.

JOHN SCHIAPPA (The Man)

Has appeared on Broadway in the roles of: The Proprietor in Assassins and Toddy Koovitz in Take Me Out both directed by Joe Mantello, Taxi Driver in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Witch's Father in Wicked, Sammy in Blood Brothers, Lord Savage/Spider in Jekyll & Hyde, and in Jerry Springer the Opera. Off-Broadway & regionally he has been seen in The Other Place (MCC), Dust (West Side Arts), Take Me Out (NYSF), Keeping Time (Berkshire Playwriting Lab), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Geva), Three Musketeers (NSMT), Company (Huntington Theater), the American premiere of New Year, directed by Sir Peter Hall (HGO), Romeo & Juliet (Goodspeed), Little Shop of Horrors (ATC), Aida (NSMT). TV: "The Big C," "I Just Want My Pants Back," "Kidnapped," "Law & Order," "Third Watch," "Law & Order: CI," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Monsters," "All My Children," "As The World Turns." Film: Seeing Beauty, What Just Happened.

 

NEWS

 

UP ON THE MARQUEE: THE OTHER PLACE

December 5, 2012 – BroadwayWorld.com

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of The Other Place, the new play by Sharr White, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Laurie Metcalf, Daniel Stern, Zoe Perry, and John Schiappa, will start previews on Tuesday, December 11 and will open Thursday, January 10 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The marquee just went up at the Friedman Theatre and you can check it out below!

 

LAURIE METCALF LOSES HER MIND IN THE OTHER PLACE

December 5, 2012 – Theatermania.com

Manhattan Theatre Club brings back Sharr White’s dramatic exploration of a woman on the brink of dementia. One of the most critically acclaimed plays of the 2010-2011 season, Sharr White’s The Other Place (first produced by MCC Theater) is now getting its Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 11, with an official opening on January 10. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked) directs the production.

 

MEET THE CAST OF MTC’S THE OTHER PLACE

November 29, 2012 – BroadwayWorld.com

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of The Other Place, the new play by Sharr White, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Laurie Metcalf, Daniel Stern, Zoe Perry, and John Schiappa, will start previews on Tuesday, December 11 and will open Thursday, January 10 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The cast just met the press, and BroadwayWorld brings you interviews with the whole gang below!

 

LAURIE METCALF, DANIEL STERN, AND THE CAST OF BROADWAY’S THE OTHER PLACE MEET THE PRESS

November 27, 2012 – Theatermania.com

The cast of Sharr White's The Other Place met the press on Monday, November 26 at Manhattan Theatre Club's rehearsal studio. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked) helms the upcoming Broadway production of the show, which will preview at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 11, with an official opening on January 10.

 

MTC’S THE OTHER PLACE, STARRING LAURIE METCALF, JOHN SCHIAPPA AND MORE, BEGINS REHEARSALS

November 19, 2012 – BroadwayWorld.com

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of The Other Place, the new play by Sharr White, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Laurie Metcalf, Daniel Stern, Zoe Perry, and John Schiappa, will start previews on Tuesday, December 11 and will open Thursday, January 10 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

 

DANIEL STERN, ZOE PERRY, JOHN SCHIAPPA WILL JOIN LAURIE METCALF FOR BROADWAY'S THE OTHER PLACE

October 3, 2012 – Playbill.com

The Broadway premiere of The Other Place, Sharr White's mysterious play about a doctor whose life is shaken, will feature the previously announced Laurie Metcalf, reprising her earlier Off-Broadway performance, plus Daniel Stern, Zoe Perry and John Schiappa.

 

LAURIE METCALF COMING TO BROADWAY IN THE OTHER PLACE

June 21, 2012 – NYTimes.com

The 2013 Tony Awards race for best actress in a play has begun. Starting in December the Emmy-winning actress Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) will reprise her acclaimed performance as a drug-industry businesswoman who unravels emotionally in The Other Place, a psychological drama by Sharr White that ran off Broadway in 2011 and will be remounted on Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club, the organization confirmed on Thursday. Ms. Metcalf, who is currently drawing rave reviews in London playing Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” won an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award last year for The Other Place; hers was the sort of performance that often draws Tony Awards attention but The Other Place wasn’t eligible because only Broadway productions are considered for Tonys.

 

Production support provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the MTC/Sloan Science Theatre Initiative.

 

 

MEET THE CREATIVES

 

SHARR WHITE (Playwright)

White’s plays have been developed or produced at theatres across the country and beyond, including The Magic Theatre (West Coast premiere of The Other Place; premiere of Annapurna; finalist for a Steinberg/ATCA Award); South Coast Repertory (commissions for Annapurna and Sunlight); Marin Theatre Company (premiere of Sunlight; winner of the 2009 Skye Cooper New American Play Prize); Oregon Shakespeare Festival (development of The Other Place); Actors Theatre of Louisville (premiere of Six Years at the 2006 Humana Festival); The Cape Cod Theatre Project (playwright-in-residence); and more. The Other Place received its world premiere production Off-Broadway with MCC Theatre at the Lucille Lortel, also featuring Laurie Metcalf (Lucille Lortel, Obie awards) and directed by Joe Mantello (nom. Lucille Lortel). The Other Place was subsequently presented with its European premiere at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where it is currently in repertory, and will premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013. The Other Place was a recipient of the 2010 Playwrights First Award; the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund Award; and was an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. White has also been honored with a Dr. Henry and Lillian Nesburn Award as part of the Julie Harris Award in Playwriting (The Escape Velocity of Savages); and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Six Years). White is making his Broadway debut with Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of The Other Place at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

JOE MANTELLO (Director)

Directing credits include: Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky…, Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, Imagining Brad, and The Other Place. As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination), and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.

EUGENE LEE (Scenic Design)

Broadway: Wicked, The Homecoming, A Streetcar Named Desire. Education: BFA, Art Institute of Chicago; BFA, Carnegie Mellon; MFA, Yale; three honorary doctorates. Production designer at “Saturday Night Live” since 1974. Resident designer at Trinity Repertory since 1967. Awards: Tony, American Theatre Wing’s Design, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Pell, Elliot Norton for Sustained Excellence. Inductee, NY Theatre Hall of Fame. He lives with wife Brooke in Providence.

EDWARD PIERCE (Scenic Design)

Operates an NYC-based design studio specializing in the production design of Broadway, touring and international stage productions. Notable collaborations: Wicked, Billy Elliot, 9 to 5, Chaplin, The Pirate Queen, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dead Accounts, Aida, Ragtime and Noise/Funk. Select designs: A Streetcar Named Desire, Shatner’s World, Gazillion Bubble Show, Pope Benedict Mass at Yankee Stadium, The Long Red Road, A Number, Tell Me on a Sunday.

DAVID ZINN (Costume Design)

MTC: Good People, We Live Here, sets and costume design for That Face, Back Back Back and The Four of Us. Broadway: set and costume design for Seminar, costume design for Picnic, Other Desert Cities, Bengal Tiger…, In the Next Room… (Tony, Drama Desk noms.), A Tale of Two Cities and Xanadu. Recent Off-Broadway: sets and costume design for The Big Meal, Circle Mirror Transformation, Completeness (Playwrights Horizons); Dogfight (Second Stage); The Select (ERS). Costume design for Look Back in Anger (Roundabout); Kin (Playwrights Horizons); set design for Carrie, The Submission, The Pride (MCC); The Sound and the Fury (ERS). International: costume design for Rocky the Musical.

JUSTIN TOWNSEND (Lighting Design)

Is an international lighting and set designer for performance. He designed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway, for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Henry Hewes Award. Other New York City design work includes Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Lincoln Center; Galileo and Unnatural Acts, Classic Stage Company; Milk Like Sugar, Playwrights Horizons; On the Levee, Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3; Opus, Primary Stages; Speech and Debate, Roundabout; Beauty on the Vine and Palace of the End, Epic Theatre Ensemble. In 2011 his work was featured in four productions in the American exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial. Mr. Townsend is an assistant professor of theatre at Northeastern University where he teaches lighting and set design. 

FITZ PATTON (Original Music & Sound Design)

Has designed and scored more than 260 productions in 20 cities across the U.S. In 2010 he was awarded both Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for his design for When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and was nominated again in 2011 for his work on The Other Place at MCC. His symphony, The Holy Land, a 45-minute work for baritone, tenor and mezzo-soprano and orchestra, was completed in January of this year. He is the founder of Chance Magazine, a new theatre design magazine to be published this winter, and is a graduate of Vassar College, Bard College and Yale University.

WILLIAM CUSICK (Video & Projection Design)

Is a video artist, filmmaker and projection designer based in NYC. His designs for theatre, opera and dance have been seen across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. Broadway: The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center Theater). Off-Broadway: Bare the Musical (New World Stages), The Clean House (LCT), Arjuna’s Dilemma (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Newyorkland (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Welcome to Nowhere (Performance Space 122), Americana Kamikaze (PS122). International and tours: Rock the Ballet (Rasta Thomas), Tap Stars (Rasta Thomas), The Shoe of Manitu (Stage Entertainment). Awards include the 2007 Henry Hewes Award for Projection Design and the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for American Theatre Designers.

BARCLAY STIFF (Production Stage Manager)

Broadway: Don’t Dress for Dinner, Wit, The House of Blue Leaves, Elling, Enron, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mary Stuart, The Country Girl, The Seafarer, Inherit the Wind, Losing Louie, Shining City, Whoopi, Hedda Gabler, The Price. Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries, Farragut North, Beauty of the Father, A Picasso, House/Garden, From Door to Door, Juvenilia, Frank’s Home, Debbie Does Dallas, Fully Committed. Williamstown: eight seasons. Thanks to a great team with Kelly and Catherine.

KELLY BEAULIEU (Stage Manager)

Broadway: Don’t Dress for Dinner, Wit, The House of Blue Leaves, Elling, Enron, Brighton Beach Memoirs. National tours: Grease. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, stageFARM, others. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company. Education: Boston University.

CAPARELLIOTIS CASTING (David Caparelliotis, Lauren Port, Miriam Mintz, Felecia Rudolph)

Broadway includes Craig Wright’s Grace, Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts, Lyle Kessler’s Orphans (upcoming), Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, The Royal Family. Also: Second Stage, Atlantic, LCT3, Ars Nova, Old Globe 2012-13 season, Goodman, Arena and Williamstown Theatre Festival (three seasons). Recent film/television: HairBrained (upcoming with Brendan Fraser) and “Steel Magnolias” (Sony for Lifetime).

MCC THEATER

MCC Theater is the award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces new work while nurturing the development of playwrights and more than 1,200 high school students annually through a variety of programs. MCC produces its annual three-play season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and will open its own two-theater complex on West 52nd Street in 2014. Productions include: Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit by Margaret Edson; Tony-winning Frozen by Bryony Lavery ; Jeff Talbott’s The Submission ; Sharr White’s The Other Place ; Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride ; Michael Weller’s Fifty Words ; Russell Lees’ Nixon’s Nixon ; and Tony-nominated Reasons to Be Pretty by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute. 

ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION

In 2000, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation partnered with Manhattan Theatre Club to commission and produce engaging plays with science and technology themes and characters. To date, MTC’s Sloan partnership has commissioned 40 plays, which have been produced in New York, London and nationwide. The Foundation has supported MTC’s productions of Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy and David Auburn’s Proof.

 

 

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