Holland Taylor and Marylouise Burke in Manhattan Theatre Club’s “Ripcord” by David Lindsay-Abaire

NEW YORK CITY |  Manhattan Theatre Club recently announced that it will produced the world premiere of Ripcord — the latest work from David Lindsay-Abaire who gave us Rabbit Hole.

Casting is now complete. Rachel Dratch, Glenn Fitzgerald, and Holland Taylor are joining Marylouise Burke in this new comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Lindsay-Abaire.

The director is equally starry: Tony & Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce

Taylor replaces the previously announced Mary Louise Wilson who was forced to withdraw from the production due to the extension of her book tour for her new memoir.

Ripcord will mark Dratch’s Manhattan Theatre Club debut. She’s most recently appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Tail! Spin! and Alex Timbers’ and Michael Friedman’s musical version of Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Delacorte Theatre. She memorably appeared in seven seasons of “Saturday Night Live” and is the author of the memoir Girl Walks Into A Bar.

Fitzgerald recently appeared in Hamlet with Peter Sarsgaard and Ivanov with Ethan Hawke. He also appeared in the David Hyde Pierce directed production of The Importance of Being Earnest at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Taylor returns to New York theatre having recently ended an acclaimed run on the beloved series “Two and a Half Men” for which she received four Emmy nominations. She most recently starred on Broadway in Ann, a one woman show she also wrote and for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations.

Ripcord will begin previews Tuesday, September 29 for a Tuesday, October 20 opening night at Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

What is the play about? David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers, and Good People, returns to MTC with Ripcord, a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death, directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility so when the cantankerous Abby (Taylor) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary.

A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this hilarious world premiere marks the author’s sixth collaboration with MTC.

Ripcord was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program.


New and renewing subscribers can join the 2015-2016 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. Single tickets for Ripcord will go on sale Tuesday, September 8.


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