Hawke, O'Byrne will appear in epic play 'Coast'
Ethan Hawke and Brian F. O’Byrne will be among more than 30 actors in the ensemble of Lincoln Center Theater’s six-month engagement of Tom Stoppard’s three-play, nine-hour epic, “The Coast of Utopia.”Lincoln Center would not confirm the casting, but Hawke’s deal is inked and O’Byrne’s is coming together. There’s no word yet on which roles the thesps will take, but the play — about 19th century Russian intellectuals — centers on historical figures including theorist Alexander Herzen, scribe Ivan Turgenev and anarchist Michael Bakunin. Production reunites Hawke with helmer Jack O’Brien, who directed the actor in another supersized legit event at Lincoln Center, “Henry IV,” in 2003. O’Brien’s last Broadway outing with Stoppard came in 2001 with the Lincoln Center production of “The Invention of Love.” O’Byrne, who’s appearing in Manhattan Theater Club’s “Shining City” through July 16, won a Tony for “Frozen.” He also was an original cast member of “Doubt.” The “Coast” marathon takes up residence at the Vivian Beaumont, Lincoln Center’s Broadway stage, beginning with the first preview Oct. 17 of the first play, “Voyage.” Trilogy’s second show, “Shipwreck,” joins the repertory in December, followed by final installment “Salvage” in late January, after which all three plays will be performed until the skedded closing March 11. Bob Crowley and Scott Pask will design the sets, with Catherine Zuber doing costumes and Brian MacDevitt, Kenneth Posner and Natasha Katz sharing lighting duties. Show preemed at London’s the National in a 2002 production helmed by Trevor Nunn.