Two-time Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen, Spring Awakening alum Phoebe Strole and Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee will join Edie Falco in Manhattan Theatre Club's previously announced production of Liz Flahive's The Madrid. The cast will also feature Heidi Schreck and Christopher Evan Welch, with two more actors to be cast in the coming weeks. Performances are set to begin on February 5, 2013, at New York City Center Stage I, with opening night on February 26, directed by Leigh Silverman.
In this new drama by the author of From Up Here, Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would desire, complete with a loving husband (Conlee) and devoted daughter, Sarah (Strole). When Martha decides to leave it all behind, it’s up to her daughter to pick up the pieces. Sternhagen will play Martha's mother, Rose. The Madrid is a story about motherhood, freedom and trying to see the people in your family as they really are.
Sternhagen received Tony Awards for her performances in The Good Doctor and The Heiress. She has been nominated five other times for Equus, On Golden Pond, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Angel and Morning’s at Seven. Her TV and film credits include Julie & Julia, Misery, Sex and the City, Independence Day, Cheers, Parenthood and The Closer. Strole appeared in the Broadway run of Spring Awakening and off-Broadway in The Metal Children and The Big Meal. Conlee is currently appearing in MTC’s Murder Ballad. His Broadway credits include The Full Monty, The Constant Wife and 1776. His film and TV credits include Parks & Recreation, Serendipity and Kinsey.
Schreck has appeared off-Broadway in How the World Began, The Language Archive and Circle Mirror Transformation. Welch's Broadway credits include Festen, The Crucible and London Assurance.
The creative team for The Madrid includes scenic designer David Zinn, costume designer Emily Rebholtz, lighting designer Jeff Croiter and sound designer Jill BC Du Boff. The production will feature original music by Tom Kitt.