With John Forsythe and Giancarlo Esposito joining Ellen Burstyn as the stars of the Broadway-bound play “Sacrilege,” Diane Shaffer’s new play will have its pre-Broadway tryout at the Stamford Center for the Arts before beginning performances at New York’s Belasco Theater on Oct. 26. It opens there Nov. 2. Alexander H. Cohen’s production will play at the SCA’s 750-seat Rich Forum in Stamford Oct. 10-22. It will be directed by Don Scardino and the casting of the supporting roles is now being completed in New York.

“Sacrilege” replaces the previously announced 1995-96 Stamford Center season opener “The Threepenny Opera,” which had been set to run Oct. 3-15 in a 1994-95 production from the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.

Bloom in ‘Journey’

The SCA’s upcoming theater season in Rich Forum and its 1,580-seat Palace Theater will now end with an ART production instead, Claire Bloom in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” May 7-19,1996.

In between will be Gabe Kaplan in the new touring version of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” Oct. 24-29; and the touring productions of “She Loves Me,” Dec. 12-24; “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Feb. 20-25; and Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” with Marian Seldes, Michael Learned and Christina Rouner March 12-24. The production will begin its tour at Boston’s Colonial Theater on Oct. 20.

Meantime, Cohen is apparently continuing with his plans to bring the American Repertory Theater’s production of the musical “Shlemiel the First” to Broadway this coming season, having presented it in Stamford last season and then postponed its transfer to Broadway to the 1995-96 season.

Cohen tenure ends

Cohen completed the last of his three one-year contracts as the executive producer of the SCA at the end of May. The non-profit two-theater performing arts organization has been run by its managing director George E. Moredock III since then.

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