Jennifer Lim (Chinglish) and Jodi Long (Flower Drum Song) will star in the previously reported Manhattan Theatre Club production of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happiness. Tony winner Richard Greenberg’s The Swing of The Sea is now also set to receive its world premiere next spring as part of MTC’s 2014-15 season. Both productions will play limited engagements at off-Broadway's New York City Center—Stage I.
Along with Lim and Cowhig, the cast of The World of Extreme Happiness will include Ruy Iskander (The Dance and the Railroad, TV's Gotham), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly, TV's The Good Wife), Andrew Pang (The King and I) and Jo Mei. Directed by Eric Ting, the play follows Sunny (Lim), a woman determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. Previews will begin on February 3, 2015, with opening night set for February 24. Prior to the New York run, the show will play the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with the same cast, September 13 through October 12.
Helmed by Lynne Meadow, Greenberg’s The Swing of the Sea will begin previews on May 26, 2015 and officially open June 16. Greenberg received the Tony for Take Me Out and his other recent Broadway credits include The Assembled Parties, which was also directed by Meadow. Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi’s New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.