“A FIRST-RATE PLAY RECEIVING
A FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION.”

- The Huffington Post

“EXCELLENT and PROFOUND.
A PLAY WITH SOMETHING ORIGINAL TO SAY.”

- Variety

“AN AFFECTING NEW PLAY.
THE CAST COULDN'T BE BETTER.”

- The New York Times

FAMILY IS A FORCE OF NATURE

BY THE WATER PLAYED ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE DECEMBER 7, 2014

BY THE WATER

BY
SHARYN ROTHSTEIN

DIRECTED BY
HAL BROOKS


WITH

CASSIE BECK

QUINCY DUNN-BAKER

CHARLOTTE MAIER

DEIRDRE O’CONNELL

TOM PELPHREY

ETHAN PHILLIPS

VYTO RUGINIS

MEDIA

An Interview with "By the Water" Playwright Sharyn Rothstein

By The Water: Trailer

By The Water: A visit to Staten Island

FAMILY IS A FORCE OF NATURE
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ABOUT

World premiere play by Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Hal Brooks

MTC’s The Studio at Stage II, in association with Ars Nova, presents Sharyn Rothstein’s BY THE WATER, the first world premiere production to come out of their unique partnership.

Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.

With fierce compassion and poignant humor, BY THE WATER reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together.

BIOS

Cassie Beck

Emily Macini

Broadway: Picnic, The Norman Conquests. Playwrights Horizons: The Whale, The Drunken City (Theatre World Award), A Prayer For My Enemy.  Off Broadway: Happy Hour and Oohrah! (Atlantic Theatre), Smudge (Women’s Project). Regional: Elemeno Pea (South Coast Rep), Prelude to A Kiss (The Huntington Theatre), Elemeno Pea and The Cherry Sisters, Revisited (Humana Festival), The Three Sisters (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Insurgents, Heartless, and A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World (CATF); The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre), All My Sons, Living Out and Be Aggressive (Theatre Works Palo Alto), The Haunting of Winchester (San Jose Rep); 3F, 4F  (Magic Theatre); Ms. Beck is the former Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theatre Company in San Francisco were she appeared in several productions including Trojan Woman, Top Girls, A-A-America,One Big Lie, Slow Falling Bird, We Are Not These Hands, and Anna Bella Eema.

Quincy Dunn-Baker

Sal Murphy

Recently completed a critically acclaimed run in the Signature Theatre’s re-staging of AR Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn. Other credits include; Off-Broadway: Trust (Second Stage), The Forest (Classic Stage Company), Wildflower (Second Stage), The Good Negro (The Public/ Public LAB), The First Breeze of Summer (Signature, AUDELCO Best Drama), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare In The Park) and Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout), both directed by Michael Greif, One Arm (Tectonic, dir. Moises Kaufman). Regional: Deathtrap (Dorset Theater), Magnetic North (world premiere, Portland Stage), A Streetcar Named Desire (Triad Stage), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Germany/ Switzerland). TV: “Blue Bloods”, A Gifted Man”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order: CI”, “Nurse Jackie”, “CSI:NY”, “As The World Turns”, “One Life To Live”, “Guiding Light”. Film: Cigarette Soup, Draft Day, The Word, The Big Wedding, Hannah Has A Ho Phase, Teleglobal Dreamin(Best Short runner up, SXSW), Wash, Maniac du Jour, and Seconds. He is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Charlotte Maier

Andrea Carter

Broadway: Act One; The Columnist; God of Carnage; Inherit the Wind; Losing Louie; Dinner at Eight; A Delicate Balance; Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Picnic. Off-Broadway: Witnessed by the World (59E59), The Last Yankee (MTC), Balm in Gilead (Circle Rep), The Last Girl Singer (Women’s Project). Regional: Suddenly Last Summer (Westport County Playhouse); The Father and Night of the Iguana (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Book of the Night (Goodman). Film: Two Weeks Notice; Steve Martin’s The Pink Panther; Music and Lyrics. Television: “Elementary;” “Person of Interest;” “Boardwalk Empire;” “Sondheim Celebration at Carnegie Hall.”

Deirdre O'Connell

Mary Murphy

Deirdre O’Connell is happy to be returning to Manhattan Theatre Club. She performed here in Three Birds Alighting On A Field. Recent stage work includes The Way West (directed by Amy Morton, Steppenwolf Theatre) Scarcity (part of The Hill Town Series) and Rag and Bone (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); A Family For All Occasions (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Thinner Than Water (Labyrinth Theater Company, of which she is a proud member) The Vandal (The Flea Theater); Magic/Bird (Longacre Theatre); Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie and Drama Desk Awards; Playwrights Horizons); In The Wake (Los Angeles Ovation Award, The Richard Seff Actor’s Equity Award, Lucille Lortel nomination; The Public Theater and Mark Taper Forum); In The Blood, The Poor Itch, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (The Public Theater); Pyretown (Keen Company); Manic Flight Reaction, Spatter Pattern Moe’s Lucky Seven (Playwrights Horizon); End Days (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Looking For The Pony (Vital Theatre Company); Cave Dweller, Love and Anger (Drama Desk nomination; New York Theatre Workshop); Big Dance Theater’s Antigone (Classic Stage Company); Two Headed (Women’s Project Theatre);Fugue (directed by Judith Ivey at Cherry Lane Theatre); Mud (Signature Theatre Company); The Geography of Luck, Three Ways Home, Stars in the Morning (Dramalogue Award, Los Angeles Critics Award), Etta Jenks (Dramalogue Award, Los Angeles Theatre Center); The Front Page (Lincoln Center Theater); A Lie of the Mind (Promenade Theater) and all of the major plays by Anton Chekov at Chekov at Lake Lucille. Films credits include The Quitter, Synecdoche, NY, What Happens in Vegas, Imaginary Heroes, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Secondhand Lions, Fearless and Pastime (Independent Spirit Award, Best Supporting Actress nomination). Television credits include many guest stars regular roles and movies for television as well as a recurring role on “Nurse Jackie” and “The Affair”. Deirdre has an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Performance.

Tom Pelphrey

Brian Murphy

THEATER: End of the Rainbow (Broadway, The Guthrie) Mauritius (Dorset), The Lion in Winter (NJ Shakespeare), In God’s Hat (Apothecary), My Italy Story (Mile Square), A New Television Arrives Finally (Shetler), The Subject Was Roses (Penguin Repertory Theater), Crazy Eights (EST). TELEVISION: Black Box, The Following, Blue Bloods, Body of Proof, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, CSI: Miami, The Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, and Guiding Light (2006,2008 Daytime Emmy winner). FILM: SAM, Sebastien, Turtle Island, Anchors, Excuse Me for Living Tiger Lily Road, Junction ,The Girl is in Trouble Birds of America. Tom recently joined the critically acclaimed series “Banshee” on Cinemax as a recurring character.

Ethan Phillips

Phillip Carter

All the Way (Neil Simon); November (Barrymore); My Favorite Year (Lincoln Center); Golden Age and Taking Care of Baby (MTC); Measure for Measure (Delacorte); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Lucille Lortel); Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Playwrights Horizons); Modigliani (Astor Place); Regional: A.R.T., Pasadena Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper, Baltimore Center Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Actors’ Theatre Louisville, Geffen Playhouse, McCarter. Films: Untitled Woody Allen Project (2015); Inside Llewyn Davis, The Island, Bad Santa, Green Card, Man Without a Face, Lean On Me, Glory.

Vyto Ruginis

Marty Murphy

Vyto Ruginis began his acting career in Chicago with the Old World Theatre Company’s production of Total Eclipse by Christopher Hampton.

He was in the original Broadway Production of The Real Thing directed by Mike Nichols. His off-Broadway credits include One of the Guys at The Joseph Papp Public Theater and Becoming Memories at the South Street Theatre. He has also worked at the Old Globe in San Diego and at the La Jolla Playhouse working with directors Des McAnuff and Peter Sellars.

HIS Film credits include Moneyball, Devil’s Advocate, Fast and Furious, Cliffhanger and numerous others.

VYTO’s TV credits span miniseries (“Kane and Abel”),  TV movies (“King of the World”) AND numerous guest starring roles beginning with “Miami Vice”, “CSI”, “ER” AND 4 appearances over 20 years playing different characters on “Law & Order”. Series include “Presidio Med”, “Citizen Baines” and “Style and Substance” with Jean Smart. He currently has a recurring role on “NCIS: Los Angeles”.

Vyto studied acting with William F. Raffeld at UICC and received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.  He is thrilled to be back in New York and onstage at MTC.

Sharyn Rothstein

Playwright

is a writer for theater and television. Her plays have been commissioned, developed and produced by institutions including Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, and New Georges and producers including Jean Doumanian and Sue Wagner. Sharyn is a member of the inaugural class of Manhattan Theatre Club/Ars Nova Writer’s Room, through which By the Water was commissioned and developed, and the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and an alumna of EST’s Youngblood, as well as the 2011-2012 Ars Nova Playgroup. Sharyn’s play The Invested was published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2013. She has been a finalist for the Yale Drama Prize. Sharyn holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Urban and Community Health (Hunter College), and a BA from Vassar.

Headshot Photo by Rob Kolb

Hal Brooks

Director

Be A Good Little Widow (The Old Globe), Figaro (The Pearl), The Whale (Denver Center, Premiere), Tigers Be Still (Dallas Theater Center), Urge for Going (The Public Theater), The Bad Guys (Second Stage Uptown), The Bald Soprano (Pearl Theatre), Colin Quinn’s Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld (Creative Consultant), Clybourne Park, (Juilliard). Select credits include: Thom Pain (DR2-Commercial), No Child (Barrow Street Theatre and National Tour), Back Back Back (Dallas Theater Center), Lady (Asolo Rep), the premiere of Lee Blessing’s Lonesome Hollow (Contemporary American Theater Festival), and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Two River Theater Company). Hal is the newly appointed Artistic Director of The Pearl Theatre Company. He is also the Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Theatre Project and the Associate Artistic Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab and SSDC.

Wilson Chin

Scenic Design

Broadway: Next Fall. Recent: Pericles (The Public), My Mañana Comes (Playwrights Realm), A Great Wilderness (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Too Much, Too Much, Too Many (Roundabout), The Jammer (Atlantic), Len, Asleep in Vinyl (Second Stage), Dark Matters (Rattlestick), Boom (Ars Nova). Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragodie and Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera, Dora Award winner), I Am Harvey Milk (Avery Fisher Hall). Edu: UC Berkeley and Yale School of Drama. www.wilsonchin.com

Jessica Pabst

Costume Design

Credits include: Fortress of Solitude (Public Theater), When We Were Young and Unafraid, Murder Ballad, Taking Care of Baby (MTC), Grand Concourse, Assistance, The Whale (Playwrights Horizons), Buyer and Cellar (Rattlestick, Barrow Street, National tour), Nobody Loves You (Second Stage), Somewhere Fun (Vineyard), The Revisionist starring Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave (Rattlestick). Her work has recently appeared at Primary Stages, The Play Company, P73, Clubbed Thumb, New York Theatre Workshop, Juilliard, Long Wharf, The Old Globe and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Tyler Micoleau

Lighting Design

MTC: That Face. Recent Off-Broadway: The Fortress Of Solitude, Winter’s Tale (Public); The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature); The City Of Conversation (Lincoln Center Theater). Other notable Off-Broadway: When The Rain Stops Falling (LCT, Lucille Lortel Award); Blasted (Soho Rep, American Theatre Wing Hewes Award); Bug (Lucille Lortel and OBIE Awards). Regional: Huntington, Alley Theatre, Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Trinity Rep, Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf, among others. 2010 OBIE for Sustained Excellence.

Ryan Rumery

Sound Design

is a musician, composer, and sound designer. He recently wrote the scores for Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theatre Company) and Fool For Love (Williamstown Theatre Festival). He performs with The Painted Bird (BAC, La MaMa, PS122, Legion Arts, Wexner Center, Slovakia). Last year he produced an album for The Joy of Harm, featuring Calexico’s, Jacob Valenzuela, recorded by Craig Schumacher (Wavelab).  EP’s released: 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center) and Ivanov starring Ethan Hawke (CSC). Film credits: Gatewood, FlowerMan, And, Apart.

Ben Furey

Dialect Coach

At MTC: By the Water, The Explorers Club, That Face. Broadway includes: Curious Incident…, The Last Ship, Matilda, Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Mamma Mia. Off-Broadway: many productions at Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre & Signature Theatre including The Explorers Club, The Language Archive, Harper Regan, Appropriate, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. National tours include: Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, 101 Dalmations. Multiple regional and international productions as well as film/TV credits.

E Sara Barnes

Production Stage Manager

Off-Broadway: Pageant: The Musical (Davenport Theater); Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova); Sonic Life (Play Company), Three Men on a Horse (TACT), Twelfth Night (Sonnet Rep. Theater), Regional: Guys & Dolls, Saving Aimee, Memphis!, Hello, Dolly! (The 5th Avenue Theater); Twelfth Night, Zero Cost House (Pig Iron Theater Co.). Proud AEA Member.

Ashley Rodbro

Stage Manager

is a stage manager and director. Recent credits include: Charlatan (Drama Desk nominee), Craving for Travel, Shida, and both 2014 NYSAF reading festivals. She is the director of Sam Salmond’s theatrical experience, UNCOOL: The Party. Her very first job in New York was as an intern at MTC! Former president, Yale Dramat.

NEWS

REVIEWS

“AN AFFECTING NEW PLAY. THE CAST COULDN'T BE BETTER.”

- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“EXCELLENT and PROFOUND. A PLAY WITH SOMETHING ORIGINAL TO SAY.”

- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“PERFECTLY CAST! A group of WONDERFUL character actors playing WONDERFUL characters!”

- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“If ARTHUR MILLER had lived to witness and write about Superstorm Sandy, his play might be very much like Sharyn Rothsein’s BY THE WATER.”

- Robert Hofler, The Wrap

“AN ABSORBING PLAY with MEMORABLE CHARACTERS, FUNNY DIALOGUE and a SUPERB ENSEMBLE!”

- Robert Hofler, The Wrap

“A FIRST-RATE PLAY RECEIVING A FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION.”

- David Finkle, The Huffington Post

“STRIKES A CHORD IN A WAY OTHER PLAYS RUNNING DO NOT.”

- David Gordon, Theatermania

“AN EXTRAORDINARILY ACTED STAGING!”

- David Gordon, Theatermania

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