Play likely to bow in late fall-early winter

NEW YORK — Sally Field is being courted for a lead role in Ernest Thompson’s new play “Amazons in August,” insiders said. Thompson, the 1981 Oscar-winning author of “On Golden Pond,” will have the new project on Broadway next season, courtesy of the producing duo of Bill Haber and Kathleen Raitt.

“Amazons” is “about two women who become friends in adversity,” Raitt said.

A double Oscar winner (for “Norma Rae” and “Places in the Heart”), Field starred on TV in “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun” and won an Emmy for the NBC movie “Sybil.”

Haber, who co-founded the powerful Creative Artists Agency, resigned in 1995. Two years later, the showbiz itch returned, and, while serving as an adviser to the president of Save the Children, Haber turned Broadway producer in 1997. He dipped a toe in by investing in “Titanic.” Then Haber, along with Nederlander exec Raitt, co-produced the tuner “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” With Arielle Tepper and Gregory Mosher, he also co-produced the John Leguizamo starrer “Freak” and is presenting the new Cole Porter tuner “High Society.”

Now, after a middling success with “Pimpernel” and a hit in “Freak,” Haber and Raitt are casting for Thompson’s “Amazons.”

The play will likely bow in late fall or early winter. No theater has been determined.

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