Learned, Lithgow, and Strauss celebrate the opening night of The Outgoing Tide

Michael Learned, Ian Lithgow, and Peter Strauss celebrate the opening night of The Outgoing Tide – A new play by Bruce Graham on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Michael Learned (Emmy Award winner, “The Waltons,” “Nurse,” Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; The Sisters Rosensweig,), Peter Strauss (Emmy Award Winner, “The Jericho Mile,” “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “Masada”), Ian Lithgow (“Third Rock From the Sun,” “Boy Gets Girl”), and Bruce Graham (playwright)

The Outgoing Tide explores the ebb and flow of a family dynamic.  In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched a provocative plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and grown son. As Gunnar tries to maintain control of his destiny, secrets emerge which have been hiding below the surface for a lifetime.

The cast

Michael Learned (Peg) boasts an extensive background including Broadway, television and feature film credits. Learned is best known for her role as Olivia Walton in the legendary TV series, “The Waltons,” for which she received three Emmy awards. Additionally, she received an Emmy for her role as Mary Benjamin in her own series “Nurse.” She is also a People’s Choice Award winner and four-time Golden Globe nominee. Broadway credits include: Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenweig and The Three Sisters. Starring in the world premieres of Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Neil Simon’s Actors and Actresses, Looking for Normal and The Good Doctor, Learned has also performed in the national tours of On Golden Pond, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Love Letters, and Driving Miss Daisy. Her feature films include “Life During Wartime”, “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story,” and “Power” directed by Sidney Lumet. Learned can be seen on the small screen in such shows as “The Young and the Restless”, “Scrubs”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Cold Case,” “General Hospital,” “Gunsmoke,” “St. Elsewhere,” and “Murder She Wrote.”

Peter Strauss (Gunnar)  Best-known for his multiple starring roles in made-for-TV movies, Strauss won the Emmy Award (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special) in 1979 for “The Jericho Mile.” Strauss also received Emmy Award nominations for his roles in the mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Masada,” as well as five Golden Globe nominations. He made his Broadway debut in Tom Griffin’s Einstein and the Polar Bear in 1981. He recently starred Off Broadway as Sigmund Freud in Primary Stages’ Sabina, in Jon Robin Baitz’s political thriller Chinese Friends at Playwrights Horizons’ Theater, in the new play Blueprint for the NY Summer Festival on Theater Row, and Divine Rivalry at Hartford Stage. His other theatrical credits include the plays The Dance Next Door, The Mind with the Dirty Man, and The Trial of the Catonsville Nine at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and A Cry of Players at Baltimore’s Center Stage. On screen, Strauss can be seen most recently in Warner Brothers’ “License to Wed” with Robin Williams and as the U.S. President in Columbia’s “XXX: State of the Union”. Additionally, Strauss can be seen in “Soldier Blue,” “The Last Tycoon,” “The Secret of NIMH,” “Flight of the Black Angel,” and “Nick of Time.”

Ian Lithgow (Jack) has acted professionally in TV, film, and in theatre both regionally and Off-Broadway. Regional work includes The Goodman Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the American Repertory Theatre, Stamford Theatre Works, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Kavinoky Theatre (Secret Order, 2011 Artvoice Theatre Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play). Lithgow received acclaim for his performance in the original production of Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl (first at the Goodman Theatre, then at the Manhattan Theatre Club). He has a BA from Harvard College as well as a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed psychotherapist. Originally from New York City, Lithgow now makes his home in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.