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The Michaels


LuEsther October 19 - December 1, 2019 2 hours, no intermission

World Premiere
Written and Directed by Richard Nelson

Commissioned by The Public Theater

Tony Award-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson returns to The Public with the world premiere of THE MICHAELS. Part of Nelson’s critically acclaimed RHINEBECK PANORAMA, which includes The Apple Family and The Gabriels, this new drama places the audience directly into the kitchen of Rose Michael, a celebrated choreographer. Dinner is cooked, modern dances are rehearsed, and the meal is eaten — all amidst conversations about art, death, family, dance, politics, the state of America, and how the world sees our country... and a host of everyday questions that make up the richness of ordinary life.

With grace and depth, Nelson once again creates an intricate, moving snapshot of modern-day America. Laced with humor and heartbreak, THE MICHAELS is a beautiful new play, illustrating the rich humanity within the incidental moments of one day.


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Charlotte Bydwell

(Lucy Michael). NY theatre: These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea), Paris! (Irondale). Regional: An Inspector Calls (Maltz Jupiter), Venus in Fur (Virginia Stage Company), A Month in the Country (Williamstown), Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Globe). TV: “Elementary,” “The Good Fight,” “Alternatino” (season choreographer). Professional dance: Monica Bill Barnes & Co. (The Joyce, American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, among others), Keigwin + Co. (The Joyce). Education: The Juilliard School, Dance BFA. The Old Globe/USD, Acting MFA. charlottebydwell.com

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Haviland Morris

(Irenie Walker). Broadway: Ring Round the Moon, Arcadia, Tartuffe: Born Again. Off-Broadway: Nikolai and the Others (LCT); Rodney’s Wife, The Uneasy Chair (Playwrights); Uncommon Women and Others (Second Stage); Aristocrats (MTC); The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Fresh Horses (WPA). Regional: Age of Innocence (McCarter, Hartford), Bad Dates (Long Wharf), Rodney’s Wife (Williamstown). Film: The Baxter, Home Alone 3, Gremlins 2, A Shock to the System, Who’s That Girl, Sixteen Candles.

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Maryann Plunkett

(Kate Harris). Returning “home” to The Public and Richard Nelson after The Gabriels and The Apple Family Plays. Recently at Irish Rep in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy as Juno Boyle and Bessie Burgess. Other credits include Agnes of God, Sunday in the Park With George, Me and My Girl, The Crucible, St. Joan, Rodney’s Wife, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Project Shaw and Theater of War. TV/film: “Om City,” “Manifest,” The Family Fang, MAD, Little Women and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

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Matilda Sakamoto

(May Smith). Professional dance performance credits: Petal in My Shadow (Victori + Mo Gallery), WORK! (NY Live Arts), Captum Biomorfe (installation for Jonathan Hansen at Ideal Glass), Rive (14th St. YMCA/Salvatore Capezio Theater), Transmissions (exhibition by Nick Mauss at Whitney Museum), Interrobang (92nd St. YMCA), Song Books at Paula Cooper Gallery, Park Avenue Armory Gala 2017. Education: The Juilliard School, Dance BFA ’16.

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Jay O. Sanders

(David Michael). The Public: The Gabriels, The Apple Family Plays, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuff Happens. Hunter Theater Project: Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk Award, Best Actor). Guthrie Theater: Cyrano de Bergerac. His play, Unexplored Interior, was the inaugural production of the Mosaic Theater (Washington, D.C.). Television: “Manhunt: Lone Wolf,” “The Sinner,” “Sneaky Pete,” “True Detective.” Numerous Broadway shows, films, regional theatre, PBS documentaries and Theater of War.

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Brenda Wehle

(Rose Michael). Broadway: The Crucible, The Big Knife, Come Back Little Sheba, Pygmalion. Off-Broadway includes Mary Jane, Pocatello, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Obie), Talking Heads (Obie), Stuff Happens. Regional theatre includes more than 40 productions at Guthrie Theater including title roles in Medea and A Woman of No Importance. International: Peter Sellars’ The Children of Herakles. Film includes St. Vincent, The Winter’s Tale, Chronic, American Beauty, Soldier. Television includes “NOS4A2,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Law & Order” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”

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Rita Wolf

(Sally Michael). The Public: Stuff Happens by David Hare. Recent Off-Broadway: Emma and Max written and directed by Todd Solondz (The Flea), An Ordinary Muslim by Hammaad Chaudry (NYTW). Other NYC theatre: Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner (world premiere, NYTW, Mark Taper Forum, BAM); The American Pilot by David Greig (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); O, Jerusalem by A.R. Gurney (The Flea). Film includes My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears/Hanif Kureishi) and Girl Six (Spike Lee). Co-founder of London-based Kali Theatre Company.


Richard Nelson
Author & Director
Jason Ardizzone-West
Scenic Design
Susan Hilferty
Co-Costume Design
Mark Koss
Co-Costume Design
Jennifer Tipton
Lighting Design
Scott Lehrer
Sound Design
Theresa Flanagan
Production Stage Manager
Jared Oberholtzer
Assistant Stage Manager



- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Exquisitely written. Heart-wrenching.

- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
You will leave marvelously full.

- Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast