By KENNETH LONERGAN
Directed by TRIP CULLMAN
With MICHAEL CERA, CHRIS EVANS, BRIAN TYREE HENRY, BEL POWLEY
What happens when emotions come in conflict with principles, and how do choices under pressure define who we really are? The lobby of a Manhattan apartment building is much more than a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It’s a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop and her unpredictable partner in a play from the 2017 Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea.
KENNETH LONERGAN (Playwright) returns to Second Stage Theater where his plays, This is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery, were produced in 1996 and 2000, respectively. This Is Our Youth was nominated for the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Best Play and a 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play (Steppenwolf); The Waverly Gallery was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Lobby Hero premiered in 2001 and was a Drama Desk Best Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominee, and 2002 Olivier Award nominee for Best Play during its West End run. His other plays include The Starry Messenger (2009) and Medieval Play (2012). His most recent play, Hold On To Me Darling, an Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominee, was directed by Neil Pepe and premiered at the Atlantic Theatre Company. 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 and Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay, among numerous other accolades. Lonergan’s second film, Margaret (2011) and Margaret – Extended Edition (2012), won the European Film Critics’ FIPRESCI Award at the Vienna Film Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival Founders Prize and became a cause célèbre among many film critics, journalists and cinephiles 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 recently completed writing a four-part television adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End for the BBC. Mr. Lonergan won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Manchester by The Sea. Lonergan is a resident playwright at the Signature Theatre Company. He lives in New York City with his wife and frequent collaborator, actress J. Smith-Cameron, and their daughter, Nellie.
TRIP CULLMAN (Director) Select NYC: John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (Barrymore), Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other (Booth), Anna Jordan's Yen (MCC), Leslye Headland's The Layover (Second Stage), Halley Feiffer's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City (MCC), Harmon's Significant Other (Roundabout), Feiffer's I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic), Simon Stephens' Punk Rock (MCC, Obie Award), Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire (Second Stage), Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy (MTC), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash's Murder Ballad (MTC and Union Square Theatre), Paul Weitz's Lonely, I'm Not (Second Stage), Headland's Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), Adam Bock's A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nom.), Adam Rapp's The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick), Headland's Bachelorette (Second Stage), Terrence McNally's Some Men (Second Stage), Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God (Century Center), Bock's The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons), Weitz' Roulette (EST), Jonathan Tolins' The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center), Bock's Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage), Gina Gionfriddo's US Drag (stageFARM), and several productions with The Play Company. London: Bock's The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: McCraney's Choir Boy (Geffen and Alliance, NAACP and Suzi Bass awards), Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (Old Globe), Richard Greenberg's The Injured Party (South Coast Rep), McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse), Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation (Bay Street), Bess Wohl's Touched (Williamstown Theater Festival), Michael Friedman and Daniel Goldstein's Unknown Soldier (WTF), Wohl's Barcelona (Geffen, Ovation nom.), Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo (WTF).
MICHAEL CERA (Jeff). Work includes the role of George-Michael Bluth in the Emmy Award® winning Fox series “Arrested Development,” as well as lead roles in the feature blockbusters Superbad and Juno. Other film roles include Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Youth in Revolt, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the comedy hit This is the End. Most recently, Michael Cera was heard in animated blockbusters Sausage Party and The LEGO Batman Movie. Cera made his Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan’s award-winning play This is Our Youth following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.
CHRIS EVANS (Bill) is an American actor and filmmaker known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel. He began his career on the 2000 television series “Opposite Sex,” and has since appeared in a number of films, including Not Another Teen Movie, Sunshine, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Snowpiercer and the upcoming Gifted. In 2014, Evans made his directorial debut with the drama film Before We Go, in which he also starred. Lobby Hero marks his Broadway debut.
BRIAN TYREE HENRY (William) Emmy nominee Brian Tyree Henry is a versatile actor whose career spans film, television and theater. Henry originated the role of “The General” in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” for which he received rave reviews. He currently stars alongside Donald Glover in the Golden Globe and Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated FX series “Atlanta.” He portrays Alfred Miles, Atlanta’s hot of the moment rapper who is forced to navigate fame while remaining loyal to family, friends and himself. He received an MTV Movie & TV Award nomination for the role. This spring, he guest-starred as “Ricky” on NBC’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated drama “This Is Us,” for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Henry is currently in production on the Blumhouse thriller “Only You,” co-starring David Oyelowo. He recently wrapped production on several films, including Steve McQueen’s “Widows” opposite Viola Davis, “Hotel Artemis” with Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown, the indie comedy “Fam-i-ly” alongside Taylor Schilling and Kate McKinnon, the romantic drama “Irreplaceable You,” with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and “White Boy Rick,” with Matthew McConaughey. In 2016, Henry co-starred in Focus Features’ “Puerto Ricans in Paris” and completed production on the indie film “Crown Heights.” On television, Henry has appeared in numerous shows, including “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Vice Principals,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Knick,” “The Good Wife” and “Law & Order.” Henry’s wide-range of theater credits include The Fortress of Solitude and The Brother/Sister Plays/The Brothers Size (Helen Hayes Best Actor Nomination) at The Public Theatre, as well as Romeo and Juliet and Talk About Race at New York Stage and Film and The Public. A graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, Henry received his MFA from Yale’s School of Drama. He currently resides in New York.
BEL POWLEY (Dawn) made her Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. She is perhaps best known for her feature film debut in the 2015 coming-of-age drama, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, for which she received the Gotham award for “Best Actress” and was nominated for BAFTA, Independent Spirit and British Independent Film awards. Most recently, Powley completed production on the film White Boy Rick, from director Yann Demange, and starring opposite Matthew McConaughey. Her film Mary Shelley, in which she co-stared opposite Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth, premiered at The Toronto Film Festival 2017 and will be distributed by IFC Films for a 2018 release. Powley recently finished playing the lead role in the World War II drama, Ashes in the Snow, based on the novel, Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Septys. Other stage credits include Elephants at London’s Hampstead Theater, the Royal Court Theatre’s West End production of Tusk Tusk, as well as Jumpy at the Royal Court Theatre. Other film credits include A Royal Night Out, opposite Sarah Gadon, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett and Emily Watson; Drake Doremus’ science fiction romantic drama, Equals, starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart; Detour opposite Tye Sheridan and Emory Cohen; and the title character in Carrie Pilby with Jason Ritter. On television, Powley is currently shooting the BBC1 and Amazon limited series “Informer,” and is lending her voice to the Sky One animated series "Moominvalley", alongside Kate Winslet, Rosamund Pike and Taron Egerton.