James Van Der Beek will topline the Geffen Playhouse production of “The Gift,” the U.S. preem of Aussie scribe Joanna Murray-Smith’s play.
Storyline centers on a young couple (Van Der Beek, Newman) and an older couple (Baker, Mulkey) who become unlikely friends during a resort vacation. Title bowed in Melbourne in 2011.
Van Der Beek, the “Dawson’s Creek” thesp currently starring in “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23,” has previously appeared in stage projects including Edward Albee’s “Finding the Sun” at Off Broadway’s Signature Theater.
Murray-Smith’s “The Female of the Species” had a 2010 Geffen run that starred Annette Bening. Her play “Honour” got a Broadway stint in 1998.
Geffen bow of “The Gift” begins previews Jan. 29 prior to a Feb. 6 opening.