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Critics’ Pick, Time Out New York
“A WRITER WITH ONE OF THE BEST EARS AROUND for the language of the morally challenged. What makes these observations so fresh is how Mr. Lonergan’s dialogue and THE MARVELOUS CAST ENDOWS THEM WITH SPONTANEOUS LIFE! ‘Darling’ is a POIGNANT COMIC STUDY given VIBRANT LIFE by director Neil Pepe.”
– The New York Times
“SPLENDID, ROLLICKING, AND THOUGHTFUL!
With Kenneth Lonergan in full focus, this is far from your typical theatergoing fare!”
– The New York Observer
“THE LONERGAN WE’VE ALWAYS LOVED!
Poet laureate of verbose losers, his dialogue is SHARP AND FUNNY.
Neil Pepe’s PERFECTLY BALANCED production gets
RICH, FIRMLY GROUNDED WORK FROM THE ENSEMBLE!”
– Time Out New York
“OLYPHANT IS A STUNNER, STRIKING JUST THE RIGHT NOTES!
Directed with finesse by Neil Pepe, the play is
ENTERTAINING AND ENGAGING,
performed by a TOP-RATE ENSEMBLE!” – Variety
“LONERGAN’S ABSOLUTELY UPROARIOUS SCRIPT WITH A PITCH-PERFECT CAST! A-” – Entertainment Weekly
“A MARVELOUS COMEDY!!
Lonergan writes GORGEOUSLY!
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT IS IRRESISTIBLE and
THE CAST IS SPECTACULAR!
All directed with gentle mercilessness by Neil Pepe.” – Newsday
HOLD ON TO ME DARLING
by KENNETH LONERGAN
directed by NEIL PEPE
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.
This show contains strobe lights.
On learning of his mother’s death, world famous country and western star Strings McCrane begins questioning the meaning of his life and what it all adds up to. Determined to abandon his celebrity and his career, he moves back to his hometown in Tennessee. It doesn’t go well. This outstanding new play from acclaimed playwright Kenneth Lonergan examines the costs of fame, fortune and narcissism in pursuit of the American Dream.
Following last season’s hit revival of This is Our Youth on Broadway, this world premiere by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lonergan is directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe (Broadway’s Speed-The-Plow).
ADELAIDE CLEMENS (Essie) makes her Off Broadway debut with Hold On To Me Darling. She co-stars in the hit Sundance Channel series “Rectify,” now in its fourth season, and has received critical acclaim for her performance as ‘Tawney.’ She began working as an actress in Australian television and came to prominence as ‘Harper’ in the critically acclaimed series “Love My Way.” She starred as ‘Valentine’ in the Tom Stoppard HBO/BBC miniseries “Parade’s End” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, directed by Susanna White. On film she was featured in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, playing ‘Katherine’ opposite Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and just wrapped filming the female lead in Martha Coolidge’s Music, War, and Love in Warsaw, Poland. She can soon be seen in the British film The Night of The Lotus directed by Henry Mason.
JONATHAN HOGAN (Mitch) has appeared on Broadway in Comedians, Otherwise Engaged, Fifth of July, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, As Is (Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations Best Actor), Burn This, Taking Steps and The Homecoming. A few of the plays he appeared in as a member, for 25 years, of the celebrated, award winning Circle Rep include The Hot l Baltimore, The Mound Builders and Balm in Gilead (in collaboration with Steppenwolf, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble). Off Broadway includes Book of Days, Molly Sweeney, London Wall and Pocatello (2015 Drama Desk nomination Outstanding Featured Actor). Regional: The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The McCarter Theatre, George Street Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Hartford Stage. Film includes: In Country, The House on Carroll Street, A Fish in the Bathtub and Revolution #9. Television: “As The World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” several Movies of the Week, “L.A. Law,” “Quantum Leap,” all the “Law & Orders” and three episodes on season three of “House of Cards.” Mr. Hogan is a graduate of The Goodman Theatre and School of Drama.
JENN LYON (Nancy). Broadway: Fish in the Dark, The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage. Off-Broadway: The Wayside Motor Inn, (Drama Desk Award) Twelfth Night. Select regional roles include Hildy in His Girl Friday (La Jolla Playhouse), Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday (ACT Theatre), Brooke Ashton in Noises Off (South Coast Rep) and several world premieres including John Guare’s Are You There McPhee? (McCarter Theatre) and Polly Penn’s Embarrassments (Wilma Theatre). Television: series regular on “Saint George,” “Justified” (seasons 3 and 4) “Suburgatory,” “Louie,” “All My Children,” “Army Wives.” Film: Phil Spector, The Flower Shop. Co-founder/writer for online sketch comedy group “Poykpac” (over 90 million views). jennlyon.net
KEITH NOBBS (Jimmy). Broadway: Lombardi, Bronx Bombers, Lion in Winter. Off-Broadway: The Legend of Georgia McBride, I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees, The Tutors, Great God Pan, Lemon Sky, Dog Sees God, Romance, The Hasty Heart, Triple Happiness, Bye Bye Birdie at Encores!, Dublin Carol, Free to Be You and Me, Four (Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination), Fuddy Meers, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, Stupid Kids. Film: The Bad Guys, Weakness, The Briefcase, Phone Booth, Double Whammy and more. Television: series regular in Ed Burns’ and Steven Spielberg’s “Public Morals” on TNT, “The Pacific” (Emmy Awards® Outstanding mini-series and casting) and Muhammad Ali’s “Greatest Fight” on HBO, “The Black Donnellys” (series regular), “In Plain Sight,” “In Treatment,” “Person of Interest,” the “Law & Orders,” “Fringe.” Graduate of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts.
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT (Strings McCrane) returns to the New York stage for the first time in twenty years following starring Off Broadway in The Santaland Diaries and The Monogamist, for which he received a prestigious Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. He is best known for his Emmy Award® nominated performance as ‘US Marshal Raylan Givens’ on all six seasons of the critically acclaimed FX series Justified. He recently returned to television in a recurring guest-star role on Fox’s “The Grinder,” for which he received a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, and will next be seen in Gary Marshall’s film Mother’s Day and Oliver Stone’s Snowden. Television includes NBC’s hit comedy series “The Office,” FX’s award winning series “Damages,” and guest appearances on popular shows such as Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” FX’s “The League” and “Archer,” NBC’s “My Name Is Earl,” ABC’s “Samantha Who?” and HBO’s “Sex and The City.” He first garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of ‘Seth Bullock’ in HBO’s groundbreaking series “Deadwood.” Film includes This is Where I Leave You, I Am Number Four, The Crazies, High Life, A Perfect Getaway, Live Free or Die Hard, Hitman, The Girl Next Door, GO, Meet Bill, Catch and Release, Dreamcatcher, Rock Star, Gone In 60 Seconds, A Man Apart, Scream 2, A Life Less Ordinary and he voiced the role of ‘The Spirit of the West’ in the animated film Rango.
C.J. WILSON (Duke). Atlantic Theater Company: Dying for It, Our New Girl, Offices, The Voysey Inheritance. Broadway: Bronx Bombers, The Big Knife, Festen, Henry IV, The Best Man. Off-Broadway: Bronx Bombers, Happy Now? (Lucille Lortel nomination, Primary Stages); Medieval Play, The Lady from Dubuque (Signature); All-American (LCT3); Race (CSC); Home of the Brave (Jewish Rep); Stop Kiss (Public). Regional: Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Wilma, McCarter, Chautauqua, ACT in Seattle, and the Acting Co. Film: The Intern. Upcoming: Manchester-by-the-Sea, Demolition, Easy Living. Television: “House of Cards,” “The Characters,” “The Following,” “The Sound of Music Live!” “The Americans” “Blue Bloods,” “Brotherhood,” “Without a Trace,” “L&O,” “L&O: SVU,” “L&O: CI,” “Onion Sportsdome,” “Pan Am,” “Third Watch,” “Amsterdam.” Fox Fellow.
Kenneth Lonergan (Playwright). Plays include This is Our Youth (1996), Drama Desk Best Play nominee, 2015 Tony Award® Best Revival nominee (Steppenwolf); The Waverly Gallery (2000), Pulitzer Prize finalist; Lobby Hero (2001), Drama Desk Best Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominee, 2002 Olivier Award nominee for Best Play during its West End run; The Starry Messenger (2009), and Medieval Play (2012). His first film, You Can Count On Me (2000), which he wrote and directed, was an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Nominee for Best Screenplay, and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film Critics Circle, Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay, among numerous awards and nominations. His second film, Margaret (2011) and Margaret – Extended Edition (2012), won the European Film Critics’ FIPRESCI Award at the Vienna Film Festival, and the Traverse City Film Festival Founders Prize, and received widespread critical acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as becoming a cause celebre among cinema journalists and critics worldwide. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York (2002 WGA and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay). He lives in New York City with his wife and frequent collaborator, actress J. Smith-Cameron, and their daughter, Nellie.
Neil Pepe (Director) is an acclaimed director who has been the Artistic Director of Atlantic Theater Company since 1992. As a director, his Broadway credits include Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green’s musical Hands on a Hardbody, the acclaimed revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow as well as Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. At the Atlantic, Neil has most recently directed John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile, Moira Buffini’s Dying for It, Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, Mojo and The Night Heron. Other Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Ethan Coen’s Happy Hour, Offices and Almost an Evening; Harold Pinter’s Celebration and The Room; Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling; David Mamet’s American Buffalo (Donmar Warehouse, Atlantic); Romance, Keep Your Pantheon/School (Center Theatre Group, Atlantic); Zinnie Harris’ Further than the Furthest Thing (Manhattan Theatre Club); Jessica Goldberg’s Refuge (Playwrights Horizons); Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses with Martin Sheen (CTG) and Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Neil has been a master teacher at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and an associate adjunct professor of directing at Columbia University Graduate Film Division. He has been a guest at The O’Neill Playwrights Conference as well as the American Theatre Wing.