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Rachel Dratch, Holland Taylor cast in world premiere of 'Ripcord'

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Rachel Dratch, Holland Taylor, and Glenn Fitzgerald are the latest additions to the cast of the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Ripcord. 

Artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove announced on Thursday that Dratch (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Saturday Night Live), Fitzgerald (Hamlet, The Sixth Sense), and Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Holland Taylor (Ann, Two and a Half Men) will join Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke in the new comedy Ripcord, penned by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce is directing.

Taylor replaces the previously announced Mary Louise Wilson, who was forced to withdraw from the production after the book tour for her new memoir was extended.

Ripcord tells the story of Abby (Taylor), a cantankerous resident of Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, who does not take kindly to the arrival of new roommate Marilyn (Burke). The women make an apparently harmless bet, but what follows, according to the Company, is “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.”

The creative team for Ripcord, which was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program, includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume design), John Gromada (original music and sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

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