Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and 2012 Tony winner Judith Light have signed on to star in Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere Broadway production of Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties. The play will begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 19, 2013, and open on April 17. MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow is set to direct MTC’s 10th collaboration with Greenberg.
The Assembled Parties centers on the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But a house guest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly (or perhaps by design) insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs’ seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble.
Additional casting and creative team members for The Assembled Parties have not been announced. The play completes MTC's 2012-2013 Broadway season, following Rebecca Lenkiewicz's new version of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and Sharr White's The Other Place.
A Tony nominee for A View from the Bridge, Hecht recently co-starred with Jim Parsons in the Broadway revival of Harvey. Her other Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs, After the Fall, Julius Caesar and The Last Night of Ballyhood. Her off-Broadway credits include Three Sisters, Make Me, The House in Town, Stop Kiss, Lobster Alice, Plunge, Flesh and Blood and The Fourth Sister. Her film credits include J. Edgar, Sideways and the forthcoming The Magic of Belle Isle and The English Teacher.
Light won the 2012 Best Featured Actress Tony for Other Desert Cities and received a 2011 Tony nomination for Lombardi. Her off-Broadway credits include Wit and Colder Than Here. An Emmy winner for One Life to Live, she had starring roles in Who’s the Boss? and Ugly Betty and a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.