April 17, 2013
Act One is set in 1980 during a Christmas dinner party in former movie star Julie Bascov’s sprawling Upper West Side apartment, where the guests include her steely sister-in-law Faye and Julie’s son’s college buddy. Act Two picks up 20 years later as the re-assembled guests face the crumbling reality of their seemingly picture-perfect lives.
Playwright Richard Greenberg said he was inspired to write The Assembled Parties after being struck by the idea of being able to "walk around" while watching a play. "[I]t seemed to me that if these scenes to which I was being subjected were enacted in, say, a house that I could wander through, pausing and listening at will, I might have...a delightful experience. I've written the play so that the audience possesses the information, and the characters don't completely," he wrote in an essay for Broadway.com.
The Assembled Parties made its world premiere at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Mandy Greenfield and Lisa McNulty)
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite New Play
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play
—Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Production of a Broadway of Off-Broadway Play
Playwright Richard Greenberg wrote the play with actresses Jessica Hecht and Judith Light specifically in mind for the roles of Julie and Faye.