Platt to helm Vienna prod'n of award-winning play
Martin Platt, the co-director of Off Broadway’s Perry Street Theater, has been tapped to stage the European premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play “Doubt” at Vienna’s English Theater.Wendy Barrie-Wilson, Ray Dooley, Shannon Kobb and Jill Courtney Chenault have been cast in the VET production, which runs Jan. 30-March 11. Founded in 1963, VET produced the world premieres of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” and “Marriage Play” plus Tennessee Williams’ “Red Devil Battery Sign.” It also staged the European preems of plays by Terrence Rattigan, Simon Gray, Arthur Miller and David Auburn. Also next year, Platt will direct and co-produce the preem of Sally Bingham’s “Treason,” based on the life of Ezra Pound. Production starts previews at Perry Street in May. Platt and co-director David Elliott reopened the Greenwich Village theater for the first time in nine years last season with “Shylock.” “Doubt” opened March 31 at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theater and continues to average 80%-90% capacity houses. Three of the play’s original stars, including Tony winner Cherry Jones, will leave the production at the end of this month, with new cast members Eileen Atkins, Ron Eldard and Jena Malone beginning performances in January.