'Woolf,' 'Anarchist' land Booth, Lyceum
Two incoming Broadway productions from Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, the producers who just picked up a Tony for the revival of “Porgy and Bess,” have locked in theaters, with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” landing the Booth and “The Anarchist” set for the Lyceum.
The incoming revival of “Virginia Woolf” stars Tracy Letts, the “August: Osage County” scribe who is also an actor, and Amy Morton (who starred in “August”) as the vicious married couple at the center of Edward Albee’s 1962 play. Pam MacKinnon, nommed for a Tony for helming “Clybourne Park,” will direct a cast that also includes Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks.
Production, with the same helmer and ensemble, was originally staged at the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago in 2010, and then was seen at Arena Stage in Washington the following year.
A new play by David Mamet, “Anarchist,” follows a female convict engaged in a showdown of wits with her prison governor. Patti LuPone and Debra Winger have already been tapped to star in the two-hander, which Mamet will direct.
Richards and Frankel, who previously teamed with Steppenwolf for the Broadway transfer of “August,” produce “Virginia Woolf” on Broadway with Susan Quint Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe. “Anarchist” producing team includes Howard and Janet Kagan.
The Booth Theater’s current occupant, “Other Desert Cities,” is skedded to shutter Sunday. “Virginia Woolf” begins previews Sept. 27 ahead of an Oct. 13 opening, timed to fall exactly 50 years after the show’s original Broadway bow.
The tenant at the Lyceum, “Venus in Fur,” also shutters Sunday. “Anarchist” begins previews Nov. 13 prior to a Dec. 2 opening.