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19 June 2013

Erin Cummings, Randy Harrison and More Join Primary Stages' HARBOR

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Primary Stages launches their 29th season with the New York premiere of Harbor by Tony-nominated writer Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer). Directed by Tony-nominated director Mark Lamos (Seascape, The Rivals, The Deep Blue Sea), the production features Erin Cummings (Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", CBS' "Made In Jersey"), Randy Harrison (Showtime's "Queer As Folk", Broadway's Wicked), Alexis Molnar (world premiere of Harbor at Westport Playhouse), and Paul Anthony Stewart (Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof, The People in the Picture). Harbor runs July 23 - September 8 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Opening night is August 6.

When fifteen-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother Donna drop in unannounced on the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Donna's brother and his new husband, all hell breaks loose. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting and touching comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family. Harbor is from playwright Chad Beguelin, the author/lyricist of Broadway's The Wedding Singer and the lyricist for Elf; and Mark Lamos, the director of Primary Stages hits Black Tie, Indian Blood and Buffalo Gal.

Harbor features a scenic design by Andrew Jackness, costume design by Candice Donnelly, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and original music and sound design by John Gromada.

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Harbor plays a limited engagement July 23 - September 8 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). Opening night isTuesday, August 6 at 7pm. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. On August 21, there will be a special Wednesday 2pm matinee in lieu of an evening performance. Single tickets are priced at $70 for all performances. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at www.primarystages.org, or in person at the 59E59 Theaters Box Office. Group Tickets (10+) are $39 each for performances through August 4 and $49 each for all performances August 7 - September 8. Student group tickets are available for $39 each throughout the run. Group sales are available by calling (212) 840-9705, ext. 204. Visit the website at www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional information.

ERIN CUMMINGS (Donna) is well known for the STARZ flagship series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", as Sura, the wife of Spartacus. The series, which shot in New Zealand, premiered in January 2010 and had the highest ratings a series has had on Starz to date. On television, Erin was most recently a series regular on "Made in Jersey", the hour long drama produced by Kevin Falls, Jamie Tarses, and Julia Franz for CBS. Erin's many guest starring roles on television include such shows as: "Star Trek: Enterprise", "Cold Case," "Dollhouse," "Threshold," "Charmed," "Nip Tuck." Additionally, she was a series regular role on the show "Dante's Cove." In addition, Erin appeared on AMC's 'Mad Men' and as a series regular ABC's 'Detroit 187' as well as a recurring arch on ABC's 'Pan AM' last year. Erin just wrapped shooting 'Iceman' opposite Winona Ryder and Michael Shannon. Her upcoming films include The Anniversary and Dark House.

Randy Harrison (Ted) is best known for his portrayal of "Justin Taylor" on the Showtime series "Queer as Folk" and has spent much of his career on stage. Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Silence: The Musical, The Singing Forest (Public Theatre/NYSF), Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience), Edward II (Red Bull Theatre) and A Letter from Ethel Kennedy (MCC). Regional credits include Red (George Street Playhouse/Cleveland Playhouse), the American premiere of Alan Bennet's The Habit of Art (Studio Theatre, DC), The Glass Menagerie (Guthrie Theatre), and numerous seasons at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. NY: QWAN Company's Notes! and Swan!!! (PS122, Abrons Arts Center, Theatre 80) and Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub.

Alexis Molnar (Lottie). Theater: Debut Performance as Lottie in Harbor at the Westport Playhouse. Broadway Takes Charge (Le Poisson Rouge); Our Hit Parade, Trapper's Greatest Hit (Joe's Pub); The Tempest (RADA); The Dining Room, Tartuffe, Kiss Me Kate (The GSB Players); Socks, All a Twitter (Turtle Shell Theater). Films: Admission, Not Fade Away, The Bourne Legacy. TV: "The Next Big Thing" (Oxygen); "Electric Company" (PBS); "You've Changed" (Sia music video); "Danger Dawgz" (MTV); "Great White Way" (Osaka TV Japan); Training: RADA London, Second City Chicago, Broadway Artists. Winner CT Critics Circle: Outstanding Debut Performance as Lottie in Harbor at the Westport Playhouse.

Paul Anthony Stewart (Kevin). Broadway: The People in the Picture (Roundabout Theatre Company), Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano The Musical. Off-Broadway: The Landing (Vineyard Theatre), Dreyfus in Rehearsal. Regional: Ride the Tiger (Long Wharf Theatre) Harbor (Westport Country Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Westport Country Playhouse), The Last Five Years (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Funny Girl (Drury Lane), Marry Me a Little (Dorset Theatre), Crime & Punishment (Cleveland Playhouse), Changes of Heart (Mark Taper Forum), Quills (Geffen Playhouse), Hello Again (LA Premiere), Pera Palas (Long Wharf Theatre), The Game of Love and Chance (Huntington Theatre), Children of Eden (American Premiere). TV: "Guiding Light" (Emmy nomination), "Blue Bloods", "Damages", Law & Order", "Dream On", "The Hunger", "The Inheritance" (Hallmark Movie), "First Time Out", "Loving". Film: "Somewhere in the City", "Shadows and Fog". Princeton Graduate.

Chad Beguelin (Playwright) wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics.) He also wrote the book and lyrics for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater), Wicked City (American Stage Company, Mason Street Warehouse) and wrote the book for Disney's stage version of Aladdin (Hyperion Theater). He is the recipient of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, the Edward Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award. His plays have been produced at Playwrights Horizons, The Avalon Theatre Company and HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art. Chad received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Mark Lamos (Director) directed the Broadway productions of Seascape (Lincoln Center Theater); The Rivals (Lincoln Center Theater); The Deep Blue Sea (Roundabout); Our Country's Good (Tony nomination); and Fascinating Rhythm. Off Broadway credits include As You Like It (NYSF- Central Park); Big Bill; Thief River; The End Of The Day; Love's Fire; Measure For Measure (Lortel Award); and Tiny Alice (Lortel Award). He has directed productions at Hartford Stage, artistic director 1980-97, (Tony Award for theater's body of work); Guthrie, Old Globe; Shakespeare Theater, D.C.; McCarter Theatre; La Jolla; San Francisco's A.C.T.; Williamstown; Canada's Stratford Festival; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Yale Rep; Moscow's Pushkin Theater, to name a few. For the opera he has staged productions at the Metropolitan, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Canadian Opera, Munich Biennale, Mostly Mozart, and Lincoln Center's New Vision Series (also Barbican, London). Television credits include "Great Performances" (PBS, Emmy Nomination); and "Live From Lincoln Center". He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Trinity, and the Univ. of Hartford. He began his tenure as artistic director of Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse in February 2009.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new plays, including David Ives' All in the Timing (both the original 1993 production and 2013 revival); Kate Fodor's Rx; Charles Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney's Black Tie; Horton Foote's Harrison, TX and Dividing the Estate (Two 2009 Tony Award nominations); Brooke Berman's Hunting and Gathering (one of New York Magazine's Top Ten Plays of 2008); Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (starring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes) and The Stendhal Syndrome (featuring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas); Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter's In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); and Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright's U.S. debut). In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, which encompasses much more than the plays we produce for the stage. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our education and training programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), and the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important-and often transformative-connections within the theater community.


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15 June 2013

Unforgettable Carrie's 'Twin' Is Spartacus' Wife

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AmUnforgettable viewers will be invited to do a "double take" when the CBS procedural returns this summer.

Erin Cummings, who on Spartacus: War of the Damned played the title character's ill-fated wife Sura, has been cast as Eve Steele, an elite thief-for-hire that happens to bear a resemblance to NYPD detective Carrie Wells, played by Poppy Montgomery.

When Eve is pulled in for questioning on the eve of a major heist, watch for Carrie's team to consider a "switcheroo," by having Detective Super-Memory pose as the elusive, reclusive burglar.

After Cummings announced the gig via Twitter, we went ahead and did the math; CBS has not yet double-secret confirmed the casting:.

Unforgettable launches Season 2 on July 28; Cummings' yet-to-be scheduled episode is titled "Incognito."

The actress' other TV credits include CBS' short-lived Made in Jersey (photo'd above) Pan Am, Detroit 1-8-7 and Mad Men (where she played Candace, a pro that Don has frequented). She next can be seen visiting Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, on July 2.

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11 June 2013

Erin guest starring on CBS' Unforgettable

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Erin tweeted:

On set filming @un4gettableCBS w Poppy Montgomery & Dylan Walsh. Stoked to be reunited w Detroit 187 director Seith Mann @gatelife


 

 

3 June 2013

Erin Cummings and Ethan Embry Join Cast of Werewolf Tale Late Phases

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Erin Cummings (Spartacus, pictured) and Ethan Embry have joined the cast of the werewolf thriller Late Phases, currently lensing in New York for MPI/Dark Sky Films.

The film is the first English-language project for director Adrian Garcia Bogliano, who made a splash on the genre scene with Cold Sweat, Penumbra and the upcoming Here Comes the Devil.

Cummings and Embry join previously-announced cast member Nick Damici (Stakeland). Shock Till You Drop has also exclusively learned that Tina Louise (Gilligan's Island's "Ginger") will appear in the film.

Late Phases will tell the story of Ambrose McKinley, who moves into a community where the residents have been dying in increasing numbers - oddly, all have supposedly been the victims of dog attacks. But after barely surviving his own attack on his first night there, Ambrose discovers that the assailants are much more than canines.

Damici is playing the part of Ambrose. Cummings and Embry will plays a couple in the film.

Embry will next be seen in the festival darling Cheap Thrills; Drafthouse Films is releasing that picture later this year. Cummings can be seen in The Iceman starring Michael Shannon.

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