THE PORTUGUESE KID PLAYED ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE ON DECEMBER 10, 2017

“UPROARIOUS! DELICIOUSLY FUNNY AND WILDLY ENTERTAINING.” - Entertainment Weekly

“Jason Alexander is “DEAD-SOLID PERFECT.”- The Wall Street Journal

"Sherie Rene Scott is DIVINE."- The Hollywood Reporter

“John Patrick Shanley’s new comedy is “RIOTOUS AND EXTRAVAGANTLY ROMANTIC!”- The Wall Street Journal

“THIS ONE'S A HOOT! YOU WILL LAUGH – OF THAT I HAVE NO DOUBT!”- NY1

“John Patrick Shanley cooks up some ZESTY ZINGERS, and the cast serves them nicely.”- Daily News

“BIG LAUGHS AND THE SMARTEST PRODUCTION VALUES MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB CAN BUY”- The Village Voice

ABOUT THE SHOW

In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta (Sherie Rene Scott) pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband’s affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry’s impossible Croatian mother (Mary Testa), a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion. This feisty romantic comedy could only come from John Patrick Shanley, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the MTC hits Doubt and Outside Mullingar, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck.

CAST

JASON ALEXANDER

Barry Dragonetti

Mr. Alexander’s talents have produced a diverse career spanning four decades. Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along (original cast), The Rink, Broadway Bound, Accomplice, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic awards) and the L.A. production of The Producers with Martin Short. Notable films: Pretty Woman; Jacob’s Ladder; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Dunston Checks In; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Rocky and Bullwinkle; Shallow Hal. TV: “Seinfeld” (seven Emmy noms., two Golden Globe noms., four SAG awards, two American Comedy Awards), “Bob Patterson,” “Listen Up,” Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, “Monk,” “Criminal Minds,” “Voyager.” Director: For Better or Worse, “Seinfeld,” “Criminal Minds,” “Mike and Molly,” “Franklin and Bash,” “Everybody Hates Chris.” Brad Paisley’s “Online” video (Country Music Award). Jason is currently the voice of Goji on Sprout’s “Kody Kapow.” He is the co-creator, executive producer and star of the new fall series “Hit The Road,” which debuts this October on DirecTV’s Audience network.

PICO ALEXANDER

Freddie Imbrossi

His credits include theatre: What I Did Last Summer (Signature Theatre), Punk Rock (MCC Theater), Our Town (George Street Playhouse). Film: Home Again (Hallie Meyers-Shyer), Summertime (Ed Burns), War Machine (David Michôd), Indignation (James Schamus), A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor). TV: “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Following,” “Alpha House,” “The Carrie Diaries.”

SHERIE RENE SCOTT

Atalanta Lagana

Actor: The Front Page, Whorl Inside a Loop, Everyday Rapture (Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel noms.), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk nom.), John Guare’s Landscape of the Body (Obie Award, Lortel Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC noms.), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (OCC nom.), Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Derwent Award), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk nom.). Writer: co-author with Dick Scanlan of the critically acclaimed Whorl Inside a Loop and Everyday Rapture (book and musical Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel noms.). Artist in residence: Second Stage Theater. Founder of Grammy-winning Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records 2000–2014. Producer: The Last Five Years film.

MARY TESTA

Mrs. Dragonetti

Multiple Tony, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations and a special Drama Desk award celebrating Queen of the Mist and Three Decades of Outstanding Work. Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd Street, Marie Christine, On the Town, Forum, etc. Recent Off-Broadway: The Government Inspector, Orange Julius, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, etc. Film: Big Stone Gap, The Mother, Eat Pray Love, The Bounty Hunter, etc. Recent television: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (recurring), “Bull,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Whoopi.”

AIMEE CARRERO

Patty Dragonetti

Aimee currently stars on the Freeform comedy “Young & Hungry.” She voices the title character on “Elena of Avalor,” Disney’s first Latina princess. Television credits include recurring roles on NBC’s “Blindspot,” FX’s “The Americans” and recent guest spots on “American Horror Story” (FX) and “Macguyver” (CBS). Her film roles include Lionsgate’s The Last Witch Hunter and FOX’s The Devil’s Due. Aimee made her Off-Broadway debut in What Rhymes with America with the Atlantic Theater Company. She is thrilled to be back in New York with The Portuguese Kid.

CREATIVE

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY

JOHN LEE BEATTY

WILLIAM IVEY LONG

PETER KACZOROWSKI

OBADIAH EAVES

JAMES FITZSIMMONS

MORGAN R. HOLBROOK

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY

Playwright/Director

John Patrick Shanley is from the Bronx. His plays include, Prodigal Son, Outside Mullingar (Tony nom.), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Four Dogs and a Bone, Dirty Story and Beggars in the House of Plenty. His theatrical work is performed extensively around the world. For his play Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. Doubt, directed by Shanley, was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano (which he also directed) and “Live From Baghdad” for HBO (Emmy nom.). For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2009, The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the Lifetime Achievement in Writing.

JOHN LEE BEATTY

Scenic Design

John Lee Beatty has designed many productions for MTC since 1973, including John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, Defiance and Outside Mullingar. Sweat, Disgraced, Rabbit Hole, Good People, Proof, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Color Purple, Sisters Rosensweig, Burn This, Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities and celebrated revivals of A Delicate Balance, Chicago, The Heiress and Dinner at Eight are among his 113 Broadway productions. Many seasons at Lincoln Center Theater, Circle Rep, Encores! and Shakespeare in the Park. Multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie awards and the Theater Hall of Fame.

WILLIAM IVEY LONG

Costume Design

Previous collaborations with Mr. Shanley include Italian American Reconciliation. Previous designs at MTC include The Prince of Broadway, Regrets Only, Losing Louie, Rose’s Dilemma, La Terrasee, Eleemosynary, Principia Scriptorae, Hunting Scenes from Lower Bavaria, Mass Appeal. Mr. Long has designed over 70 Broadway productions. He has six Tony Awards with 15 nominations. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005 and recently completed a four-year elected term as Chairman of The American Theatre Wing. www.williamiveylong.com

PETER KACZOROWSKI

Lighting Design

Recent MTC: Ripcord, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Country House, Choir Boy, The Assembled Parties, Wit, Ruined. Select Broadway: Sweat; Beautiful; No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot; Anything Goes; Grey Gardens; Kiss Me, Kate; The Producers; Contact; Steel Pier. Extensive Off-Broadway, resident and regional credits. Opera: Met, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera/North, Maggio Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue, Hewes.

OBADIAH EAVES

Original Music & Sound Design

MTC: The Country House; The Assembled Parties; Accent on Youth; Come Back, Little Sheba; Shining City; Collected Stories; The American Pilot; Moonlight and Magnolias. Broadway: Harvey, A Life in the Theatre, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other recent designs include The Total Bent (The Public), The Bells (Resident Ensemble Players) and Constellations (Seattle Rep). Awards: BACC, Lortel, AUDELCO Viv. TV and other: HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery, History Channel, Bravo, A&E, The Learning Channel and Fisher-Price toys.

JAMES FITZSIMMONS

Production Stage Manager

The Portuguese Kid marks Fitz’s 19th production for MTC, most recently stage managing Heisenberg and the Tony Award-winning The Father. Other productions include the recent Tony Award-winning revival of Present Laughter, Sylvia, Hand to God, Other Desert Cities, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Man for All Seasons, After Miss Julie, Hedda Gabler, Steel Magnolias, Frozen, Noise/Funk, The Heidi Chronicles. More than 30 Off-Broadway and regional productions. Thank you to Morgan and Plato for all your support.

MORGAN R. HOLBROOK

Stage Manager

Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation, The Cherry Orchard, Blackbird, The Gin Game, The Audience, The Realistic Joneses, Betrayal, R+H’s Cinderella, Picnic, How to Succeed…. Off-Broadway: Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company). Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Love and thanks to my parents and Sara.

PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Behind the Scenes with Jason Alexander & Sherie Rene Scott!

The Portuguese Kid: TV Spot

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

REVIEWS

“UPROARIOUS! DELICIOUSLY FUNNY AND WILDLY ENTERTAINING, with WHIP-SMART, CRACKLING BANTER and A CAST FULL OF SCENE-STEALING ACTORS.”

- Entertainment Weekly

“Jason Alexander is “DEAD-SOLID PERFECT.”

- The Wall Street Journal

"Sherie Rene Scott is DIVINE."

- The Hollywood Reporter

“RIOTOUS! THE FUNNIEST NEW COMEDY I’VE REVIEWED SINCE… WELL, MAYBE EVER.”

- The Wall Street Journal

“THIS ONE'S A HOOT! YOU WILL LAUGH – OF THAT I HAVE NO DOUBT!”

- NY1

“John Patrick Shanley cooks up some ZESTY ZINGERS, and the cast serves them nicely.”

- Daily News

“BIG LAUGHS AND THE SMARTEST PRODUCTION VALUES MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB CAN BUY”

- The Village Voice