Murray, Waterston dock at Long Wharf stage

Legit vets Sam Waterston and Brian Murray will play an art historian and an art dealer, respectively, in the American preem of Simon Gray’s 2004 play “The Old Masters.” Production runs Jan. 19-Feb. 13 at New Haven’s Long Wharf theater.

Michael Rudman (Broadway’s “Death of a Salesman” with Dustin Hoffman) helms the production, with John Martello and Elliot Martin producing.

The five-hander preemed on the West End in 2004 under the direction of Harold Pinter and starred Edward Fox and Peter Bowles. Script revolves around a 1937 meeting between Bernard Berenson (Waterston) and Joseph Duveen (Murray) and focuses on the authenticity of a painting.

The British playwright, whose “The Common Pursuit” and “Quartermaine’s Terms” preemed at Long Wharf in the 1980s, died in 2008 at age 71.

Waterston, whose run on NBC’s “Law and Order” recently ended, starred in the world premiere of Athol Fugard’s “Have You Seen Us?” last year at the theater. Murray’s long list of legit credits include Broadway’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” and frequent collaborations with Edward Albee, including the U.S. preem of “The Play About the Baby” and the world premiere of “Me, Myself and I.”

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