Dylan McDermott will star in Eve Ensler‘s two-hander “The Treatment” at the Culture Project Off Broadway this fall.
New play by the author of “The Vagina Monologues” follows a traumatized soldier (McDermott) grappling with guilt, past atrocities and fear under the guidance of a female psychologist. While the casting has not yet been firmed, Laura Linney is tipped to play the shrink.
Show, skedded to start a six-week run Sept. 14, will be part of the Impact Festival, a citywide arts fest centering on human rights and political action.
Culture Project will present the multivenue marathon of attractions, ranging from music to visual arts. Other participating orgs include the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Knitting Factory and the Sundance Channel. Dates are Sept. 12 through Oct. 24.
Ensler is no stranger to activism: Her Until the Violence Stops: NYC fest, dedicated to halting violence against women, runs through June 27.
She’s also no stranger to McDermott. She was married to his father from 1978-88, during which time she adopted the thesp.
McDermott (“The Practice”) is primarily known for his TV work, but he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner. If Linney joins the cast, it would be her first Gotham stage appearance since Manhattan Theater Club’s 2004 production of “Sight Unseen” on Broadway.
Kline fits bard’s bill
Will Kevin Kline take on “King Lear” at the Public?
The theater has announced the actor definitely will be doing Shakespeare at the Off Broadway nonprofit this fall. The particular show is up in the air.
But Kline and the Public recently finished a two-week workshop of the play at the theater, and a source involved in it says “Lear” looks likely.
Whatever the play is, James Lapine (“Sunday in the Park With George,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) will helm.
It’ll be another Shakespearean notch in Kline’s belt. At the Public, he has played leads in “Richard III,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Henry V” and two productions of “Hamlet.”
“Gardens” floats parade
“Grey Gardens” isn’t an explicitly gay show, despite the presence of a light-in-the-loafers piano player.
But the gay aud is one of the tuner’s prime demos — which explains why star Christine Ebersole, dressed in the full eccentric regalia (including snood) of character Little Edie Beale, was skedded to ride a “Grey Gardens” float in Gotham’s Gay Pride parade June 25.
It’s a rare move for a show that isn’t specifically targeted to appeal to a gay aud, such as “Angels in America” and “Last Sunday in June,” which both had floats in the Pride parade.
But source material for “Grey Gardens,” based on the 1975 Maysles brothers’ doc about a mother-daughter pair living in squalor (and making outre fashion choices) in the Hamptons, has a devoted gay and fashionista following.
And the strong response from the gay community — already big on tuners, you might have heard — was a significant factor in building momentum for the show’s upcoming transfer to Broadway after a sold-out spring run at Playwrights Horizons.
Rialto incarnation opens Nov. 2 at the Walter Kerr after a month of previews, during which creatives will assess the refinements they plan to make to the musical over the summer.