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MELANIE LYNSKEY – “Amy”

An accomplished and versatile actress, New Zealand born Melanie Lynskey took audiences by storm in 1994 with her award winning performance (1995 Best Actress in Film, New Zealand Film & Television Awards) in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures opposite Kate Winslet. Since then, she has amassed a number of credits in both features and television.

Last year, Lynskey worked on a number of features, including Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, with Paul Rudd and Emma Watson, and the Lorene Scafaria film Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, opposite Steve Carell and Keira Knightly. She starred in the features Touchback, written and directed by Don Handfield; and in Jesse Wolfe’s film Eye of the Hurricane, opposite Campbell Scott.

Most recently, Lynskey received critical praise for her work in Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, opposite Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. Previous film credits include: Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air; the independent feature Helena from the Wedding; Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass opposite Edward Norton; Steven Soderberghs’ The Informant opposite Matt Damon; Sam Mendes’ Away We Go; Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers, where Lynskey played the female lead Pauline Harnois; and Show of Hands for the New Zealand Film Commission.

Additional feature film credits include: Andy Tennant’s Ever After starring Drew Barrymore; Sweet Home Alabama opposite Reese Witherspoon; Billy Ray’s Shattered Glass with Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard; Michael Cacoyannis’ The Cherry Orchard with Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates; and the independent New Zealand road movie Snakeskin, which garnered Lynskey her second New Zealand Film and Television Award nomination for Best Actress in Film. Lynskey again worked with Peter Jackson in his second film The Frighteners; and garnered excellent notices for her work in Stephen Gaghans’ directorial debut film Abandon.

Television audiences love her as Rose in the hit series “Two and a Half Men,” where she starred opposite Charlie Sheen and now Ashton Kutcher. Lynskey continues to voice a recurring role for the HBO animated series “The Life & Times of Tim.” She has guest starred in numerous television series including: “House” (FOX), “Memphis Beat” (TNT); “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX); “The L Word” (Showtime); “Psych” (USA); “The Shield” (FX); and was one of the leads in the FOX Series, “Drive.” Lynskey also starred in the television miniseries “Comanche Moon” (CBS), the prequel to “Lonesome Dove,” as well as Stephen King’s “Rose Red” (ABC).

She currently lives in Los Angeles.


BLYTHE DANNER – “Ruth”

Blythe Danner won two Emmy® awards for her role on Showtime’s “Huff” and was nominated twice for roles on “Will & Grace” and Joyce Carol Oates’ “We Were the Mulvaneys.” She received a Golden Globe® nomination for Anne Tyler’s “Back When We Were Grownups,” and her list of career accomplishments continues with a Tony® Award for her Broadway debut in “Butterflies Are Free” and nominations for roles in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire” and Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Follies.”

Her film roles include Woody Allen’s Alice, The Great Santini, the Meet the Parents series, What’s Your Number? and Sylvia, a film in which she appeared with her daughter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. In addition to HELLO I MUST BE GOING, Danner also appears in the forthcoming The Lucky One.

Danner takes action to support causes that are important to her. She has passionately advocated for environmental concerns for more than 40 years as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and other groups, and serves on the national board of Planned Parenthood. Since the death of her husband Bruce Paltrow nine years ago from oral cancer, she has also been helping the Oral Cancer Foundation raise disease awareness.


CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT – “Jeremy”

Christopher Abbott is an emerging stage, screen, and television actor. He can most recently be seen as “Charlie” in Lena Dunham’s critically acclaimed HBO series “Girls.” This fall Christopher will co-star opposite Melanie Lynskey and Blythe Danner in Oscilloscope’s upcoming release Hello I Must Be Going which will hit screens in September. The film debuted earlier this year at Sundance unveiling Abbott as one of the festival’s honored “Fresh Faces in Film” by 7 For All Mankind.

Last year the Stamford, Connecticut native made his Broadway debut in John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves,” opposite Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Edie Falco. Additionally, film audiences were introduced to him alongside Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes in Sean Durkin’s striking, award winning feature debut Martha Marcy May Marlene. Christopher received a Gotham award nomination for “Best Ensemble” for Durkin’s film.


JOHN RUBINSTEIN – “Stan”

John Rubinstein made his Broadway acting debut in 1972 and received a Theater World Award for creating the title role in the musical “Pippin,” directed by Bob Fosse. In 1980 he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Drama-Logue Awards for his portrayal of James Leeds in Mark Medoff’s “Children of a Lesser God,” directed by Gordon Davidson. Other Broadway appearances were in Neil Simon’s “Fool” and David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly,” both directed by Mike Nichols; Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, which earned him a Drama Desk nomination; David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, Getting Away with Murder, by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Jack O’Brien, and the musical Ragtime, directed by Frank Galati. In 1987 he made his off-Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theater as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and subsequently performed in Urban Blight and Cabaret Verboten. In 2005 he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, as well as nominations for both the Outer Critics’ and Drama League Awards, for his portrayal of George Simon in Elmer Rice’s Counselor-at-Law at the Pecadillo Theatre Company. He was the original Andrew Ladd III in A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters, and opened the play in New York and many cities across the U.S.; he also played the Wizard in Wicked in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theater for 18 months.

Rubinstein’s feature films include 21 Grams, Red Dragon, Mercy, Another Stakeout, Someone to Watch Over Me, Daniel, The Boys from Brazil, Rome and Jewel, Jekyll, Kid Cop, Getting Straight, Zachariah, The Trouble with Girls and The Car. Since 1965 he has acted in over 200 television films and series episodes. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Maitland III in the series “Family,” a role he played for five years; and co-starred for two years with Jack Warden in the series “Crazy Like a Fox.” He has subsequently played recurring parts on “Desperate Housewives,” “Parenthood,” “No Ordinary Family,” “Greek,” “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Angel,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Day Break,” “The Guardian,” “The Practice,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Girlfriends,” “Robocop: the Series,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “Barber Shop.” In the series finale of “Friends,” he played the doctor who delivered Monica and Chandler’s babies.

Rubinstein has composed, orchestrated, and conducted the musical scores for five feature films, including Jeremiah Johnson and The Candidate, as well as for over 50 television films and episodes, including “Family,” “China Beach” and “The Dollmaker”. He spent six years as host for the radio program “Carnegie Hall Tonight,” broadcast on 180 stations in the United States and Canada, and two years as the keyboard player for the jazz-rock group Funzone. He has also recorded over 75 audiobooks, including 23 of the best-selling Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman.

In 1987, Rubinstein made his directorial debut at the Williamstown Theater Festival, staging Aphra Behn’s “The Rover,” with Christopher Reeve. He directed the world premieres of A. R. Gurney’s “The Old Boy” and Sybille Pearson’s “Phantasie,” and the New York premiere of Elizabeth Diggs’s “Nightingale” off-Broadway, and the Emmy-winning “A Matter of Conscience” for television, and has won numerous awards for directing plays and musicals in Los Angeles.

In 2011, Rubinstein provided commentary for the online webcasting of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, a classical music competition held in Moscow, Russia. He currently teaches a course in musical theater audition, and directs the annual spring musical, at the University of Southern California.

His most rewarding experience has been participating in the lives of his five children: Jessica, Michael, Peter, Jacob, and Max.


DAN FUTTERMAN – “David”

As an actor, Dan Futterman has appeared on stage in New York in numerous productions (“Angels in America,” “The Lights,” “A Fair Country,” “Dealer’s Choice”, among others). His films include A Mighty Heart, The Birdcage, Enough and Urbania, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and for which he received Best Actor at the Seattle Film Festival. Futterman appeared as a series regular on CBS’ “Judging Amy” and has played recurring roles on “Will and Grace”, “Related” and appeared in such shows as “Sex & The City” and “Homicide.”

Futterman was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Capote and was the showrunner for season three of HBO’s “In Treatment.”
He makes his home in New York with his wife, Anya Epstein, and their two daughters.


JULIE WHITE – “Gwen”

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Julie White was late to her high school sophomore English class so often that she had accumulated two-and-a-half hours of detention. When she showed up to do her time, she discovered that her English teacher was holding auditions for the big school production of “Guys and Dolls.”  He told Julie that she could avoid sitting though detention if she would audition for the play, which she did and was cast as Miss Adelaide.  She found her calling and has been acting ever since.

On the big screen, White most recently co-starred in Lincoln for Steven Spielberg opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. She has been a staple in the indie film market in such films as Inside Out, My Idiot Brother and Killing Karma. Her studio films include Transformers 1, 2 & 3, Michael Clayton opposite George Clooney, The Astronaut Famer starring Billy Bob Thornton, War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise, Slap Her…She’s French, What Women Want with Mel Gibson and Say It Isn’t So.

On television, White starred as Leslie on ABC’s “Cavemen,” Nadine Swoboda on ABC’s “Grace Under Fire” and guest starred on such shows as “Damages,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Six Feet Under,” “Ally McBeal,” “JAG,” “Strong Medicine,” “Touched By an Angel,” “Arli$$” and “Law & Order.”

A stage veteran, White garnered a Tony Award in 2007 for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role in “The Little Dog Laughed” and also starred in “The Understudy,” “Twelfth Night” and “From Up Here.” She played the title character on Broadway in “The Heidi Chronicles” and also starred at the Mark Taper Forum in “Expecting Isabel” and “Money and Friends.”

White lives in the New York area with her Pomeranian, Lulu.  She enjoys playing golf and spending time on a ranch in Texas, which has been in the family for 100 years. She is active in Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and supports environmental causes.