Neil Pepe to helm 1977 play
Early David Mamet play “A Life in the Theater” will get its first Broadway run in a fall production helmed by Neil Pepe.Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler — whose string of Mamet productions includes “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the current “Race” — will produce the show. Set to helm is Pepe, who directed last season’s Richards-Frankel-Traxler revival of “Speed-the-Plow” and is a.d. of the Atlantic Theater Company, the Off Broadway troupe co-founded by Mamet. No cast has yet been confirmed for the two-hander, although producers said they expected “two major artists” to sign on. “Life in the Theater” bowed in Chicago in 1977 and went on to an Off Broadway run later that year. More recently, a 2005 West End production starred Patrick Stewart and Joshua Jackson. Play centers on the shifting relationship between an older actor and a budding thesp, both appearing in a repertory season at a small-town regional theater. Pepe’s previous Mamet credits include “Romance,” “American Buffalo” and “Two Unrelated Plays.” Producers aim to open the show in fall 2010, with exact theater and dates to be determined.