Mark Linn-Baker, Mark Blum, Jill Eikenberry, John Glover, Jodi Long, and Ellen Parker Celebrate Opening Night of Michael Tucker’s FERN HILL

59E59 Theaters is presenting the NYC premiere of FERN HILL, written by Michael Tucker and directed by Nadia Tass. Produced by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions, Inc., FERN HILL began preview performances on Tuesday, September 10 for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 20. The production opened on September 19. Scroll down for photos from the opening night party at The Bar Room.

Producer Mary J. Davis, Jill Eikenberry, Playwright Michael Tucker and Producer Judith Manocherian. Photo by Lia Chang

The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 7 PM; and Sunday at 2 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 – $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org. The running time is 120 minutes, including intermission.

Opening night curtain call of Michael Tucker’s FERN HILL with Mark Linn-Baker, Jodi Long, Mark Blum, Jill Eikenberry, John Glover and Ellen Parker on September 19, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Three couples in their golden years, thick as thieves, are gathered at Sunny and Jer’s farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades. The foundation of their long friendship is honesty and support-as well as a commitment to the enjoyment of food, wine, and laughter. They’re so close that Sunny suggests that they all move in together-to live and work and assist one another as they grow older.

Mark Blum, Ellen Parker, Mark Linn-Baker, Jill Eikenberry, John Glover, Jodi Long, Philip Hoffman and Pilar Witherspoon. Photo by Lia Chang

Their companionship is put to the test, however, when a marital betrayal is discovered. The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy.

Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast features a noteworthy company of Broadway and NYC stage veterans, including Mark Linn-Baker, Mark Blum, Jill Eikenberry, John Glover, Jodi Long, and Ellen Parker. Philip Hoffman and Pilar Witherspoon are the understudies.

Michael Tucker. Photo by Lia Chang

The design team includes Jessica Parks (scenic design); Kate McGee (lighting design); Patricia Doherty (costume design); Kenneth Goodwin (sound design); and Addison Heeren (prop master). The Production Stage Manager is Stephanie Clark.

Playwright Michael Tucker, Jill Eikenberry and Ellen Parker. Photo by Lia Chang
Mark Linn-Baker, Playwright Michael Tucker, Jill Eikenberry and Ellen Parker. Photo by Lia Chang
Jill Eikenberry. Photo by Lia Chang
Jill Eikenberry. Photo by Lia Chang
Ellen Parker. Photo by Lia Chang
Mark Blum. Photo by Lia Chang
Jodi Long. Photo by Lia Chang
Jodi Long. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Michael Tucker, Jill Eikenberry and Jodi Long. Photo by Lia Chang
John Glover. Photo by Lia Chang
Ellen Parker. Photo by Lia Chang
John Glover and Kelley Curran. Photo by Lia Chang
Victoria Clark, Dee Hoty. Photo by Lia Chang
Victoria Clark, Jamie deRoy, Dee Hoty. Photo by Lia Chang
Producers Judith Manocherian and Mary J. Davis. Photo by Lia Chang
Lynne Meadow and Jill Eikenberry. Photo by Lia Chang
Producers Judith Manocherian and Mary J. Davis, Director Nadia Tass, Mark Blum, Mark Linn-Baker, Jill Eikenberry, Playwright Michael Tucker, John Glover, Ellen Parker, Philip Hoffman and Pilar Witherspoon. Photo by Lia Chang
Ellen Parker, Lynne Meadow and Mark Blum. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Nadia Tass, Jill Eikenberry and Playwright Michael Tucker. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Nadia Tass, Producers Joey Monda and Mary J. Davis, Jill Eikenberry, Playwright Michael Tucker and Producer Judith Manocherian. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Michael Tucker and Jamie deRoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwrights Michael Weller, Michael Tucker and Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom Viertel, Jill Eikenberry and Playwright Michael Tucker. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Michael Tucker and John Glover. Photo by Lia Chang
Victoria Clark and Tom Viertel. Photo by Lia Chang
Mark Blum, Nadia Tass and Mark Linn-Baker. Photo by Lia Chang
John Glover and Mark Linn-Baker. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacob Schott, Joey Monda, Mary J. Davis, Frankie Dailey and Hamish Davies. Photo by Lia Chang
Jodi Long and Dee Hoty. Photo by Lia Chang
Mark Linn-Baker, Christa Justus, John Glover. Photo by Lia Chang
Jamie deRoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Michael Tucker and Jodi Long. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Nadia Tass and Jodi Long. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Michael Tucker and Director Nadia Tass. Photo by Lia Chang
Producer Judith Manocherian, Jodi Long and Producer Mary J. Davis. Photo by Lia Chang
Jodi Long and John Glover. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Weller, John Glover and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
Kelly Kirby, Stephanie Clark, Jaclyn Lusardi. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadwayworld: Michael Tucker’s FERN HILL Celebrates Opening Night 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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