Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rehearsals: Nikolai and the Others

Today will start the rehearsals of Nikolai and the Others with Kathryn Erbe as Natasha Nabokov.

Natasha Nabokov: 40s. Nikolai’s first wife; they have been divorced for years. Russian minor nobility; before the Revolution, she had been a “Princess”. Balanchine’s other great platonic woman-friend; his confidante and go-between with his love affairs. She is now engaged to Karpov, someone well below her status. She is desperately settling.

Plot: In Nikolai and the Others playwright Richard Nelson (Some Americans Abroad, Two Shakespearean Actors) imagines the relationships between Balanchine and Stravinsky, their friends, lovers, wives and ex-wives, partners, supporters and dancers (including Maria Tallchief and Nicholas Magallanes), at the time of their historic collaboration on the ballet Orpheus.

Later that year, Orpheus would be the spectacular inaugural production of the newly formed New York City Ballet. With this in mind, the play also explores the controversial ways American art and artistic institutions were funded at the outset of the Cold War -- including the subtle hand of the State Department in the post-war cultural scene.

The play will act at:
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Lincoln Center
150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Runtime: April 04th – June 16th. The Opening Night is May 06th
See here the full schedule table.

For more information brows:

Monday, February 11, 2013

LCT's Nikolai and The Others Will Star Kathryn Erbe et al

Oh yeah, the next stage project of Kathryn is rolling.

Initial casting has been announced for Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Richard Nelson's Nikolai and The Others, which will begin previews April 4 at Off-Broadway's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Directed by David Cromer, the production will officially open May 6.

The cast will be headed by Betsy Aidem, Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, Anthony Cochrane, Lauren Culpepper, Alvin Epstein, Kathryn Erbe, John Glover, Jennifer B. Grace, Katie Kreisler, Stephen Kunken, Haviland Morris, Dale Place, John Procaccino, Gareth Saxe and Alan Schmuckler. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

"It’s 1948 and during a spring weekend in Westport, CT a close-knit group of Russian emigres, including choreographer George Balanchine (to be played by Michael Cerveris), composer Igor Stravinsky (John Glover), conductor Serge Koussevitsky (Dale Place), painter/set designer Sergey Sudeikin (Alvin Epstein) and composer Nikolai Nabokov (Stephen Kunken), gather to eat, drink and talk," according to press notes. In the play Richard Nelson "reimagines, during the course of this weekend, the creation of Balanchine and Stravinsky’s historic collaboration, the ballet Orpheus, and explores the interesting and controversial ways American art was funded at the outset of the Cold War." 

Interspersed throughout the action of the play will be moments of Balanchine’s original Orpheus choreography.

The upcoming production will have sets by Marsha Ginsberg, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Ken Billington, sound by Daniel Kluger, choreography by George Balanchine and ballet staging by Rosemary Dunleavy. Jeff Edwards is ballet master.

Richard Nelson’s plays include Some Americans Abroad and Two Shakespearean Actors (both plays produced by Lincoln Center Theater, the latter receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play), The General From America, Franny’s Way, Madame Melville, Goodnight Children Everywhere, New England, Life Sentences, Principia Scriptoriae, The Vienna Notes and Conjuring An Event. He wrote the book and lyrics and directed the musical My Life with Albertine, wrote the book for the musical Chess, and wrote the book, conceived and adapted the lyrics and directed the musical The Dead, winning a Tony Award for his book.

Tickets, priced $75-$85, will go on sale beginning March 10 at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at or by visiting A limited number of tickets priced at $30 will be available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s new program for 21 to 35 year olds.  For information and to enroll, visit


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kathryn Erbe at "All The Rage" Opening Night

Kathryn attended the Off Broadway Opening Night of 'All the Rage' last week. See which stage colleagues she met at West Bank Cafe in New York City, January 30th.

Broadway veteran Martin Moran (Spamalot) celebrated the opening of his new solo show, All the Rage, on Tuesday, January 30 at the West Bank Café. Produced by piece by piece productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory, in association with The Barrow Group, the work is now running at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons through February 24.
Directed by Seth Barrish, who also collaborated with Moran on his OBIE-winning one-man play, The Tricky Part, All the Rage follows Moran's quest to make a difference in the world, while coming to terms with a teenage trauma.
Guests at the opening included Moran's pals from the original Broadway cast of Titanic, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Cerveris, and David Costabile; his partner, Henry Stram (also of Titanic); Spamalot co-star Marin Mazzie and her husband, Jason Danieley (Curtains); Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent); Jayne Houdyshell (Follies); Mary Testa and Julia Murney (Queen of the Mist); and Jennifer Cody (Urinetown) with her husband, Hunter Foster, who appeared in Moran's one-act musical, Borrowed Dust.

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can find the originals at: