Everything’s Relative! Meet Five Talented Families Who Share NYC Stages This Fall

Introduction

Couples and family members appearing onstage together have always been exciting to watch. This fall, audiences will get to enjoy the startling number of spouses and relatives co-starring in theater productions. Theater fans without Broadway Lion King discount tickets can still enjoy the four couples and mother-daughter team starring in five different upcoming stage productions in New York City.

Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick in Ten Chimneys

Jennings and McCormick met in a San Francisco production of Arms and the Man in 1983. They became a couple four years later. The couple has appeared onstage together a total of 16 times. The pair now plays married stage actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontane in Ten Chimneys. The play is about a 1938 rehearsal of The Seagull at the Lunts’ home. Ten Chimneys is being shown Off-Broadway through October 27 at Theatre at St. Clement’s.

Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders in Sorry

Theater veterans Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders have been married for over 20 years. They have an 18-year-old son together. The couple co-starred in Broadway’s Saint Joan in 1993. The two play the Apple siblings in Sorry. The brother, Richard Apple, is a lawyer. His sister Barbara is a teacher who cares for their aging uncle. The couple is reprising their roles from the two previous Richard Nelson plays about the Apple family. Sorry opens on November 6, the same day the play is set, at Off-Broadway’s Public Theater.

Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington in Grace

Shannon met Arrington when they were both performing in Chicago theaters. They now live in New York City with their daughter, who is now four. This production of Grace marks their first performance together. Onstage, the couple plays a pair of neighbors in Florida. Shannon portrays a grief-stricken rocket scientist, while Arrington is an evangelical Christian married to a Gospel-themed hotel developer (Paul Rudd). Broadway’s Cort Theatre will continue showing Grace through January 6.

Boyd Gaines and Kathleen McNenny in An Enemy of the People

Gaines met McNenny at another production, The Comedy of Errors, in 1992. Soon afterward, they got married and had a daughter. In An Enemy of the People, Gaines plays a doctor who turns whistleblower after he discovers toxins in the spa waters of his Norwegian town. Kathleen McNenny plays his wife, who worries about the effect her husband’s actions will have on their family. An Enemy of the People can be seen at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through November 11.

Laurie Metcalf and Zoe Perry in The Other Place

Laurie Metcalf and Zoe Perry are now related both onstage and off. In The Other Place, Metcalf plays a scientist named Juliana Smithton. Zoe Perry plays her wayward daughter, finally returning after running away with an older man. Perry is Metcalf’s daughter in real life, as well. Perry was born in 1984 when Metcalf was married to fellow performer Jeff Perry. Metcalf and Perry can be seen performing together starting December 11 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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