Stars Align for New Season at Off Broadway’s New Group

Holly Hunter Bill Pullman Jesse Eisenberg
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Off Broadway’s New Group has lined up a slew of stars for its 20th season, setting a 2014-15 slate that includes acting stints from Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman, Jesse Eisenberg and Dianne Wiest as well as a directing gig for Cynthia Nixon.

The New Group has long drawn Hollywood talent to its Off Broadway stages, with a list of alums that includes Ed Harris, Michelle Williams, Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Matthew Broderick.

For its upcoming season the company has tapped Hunter and Pullman to topline a fall revival of David Rabe’s 1971 play “Sticks and Bones,” about a family thrown into upheaval when their son returns from fighting in the Vietnam War. New Group a.d. Scott Elliott directs.

Nixon, meanwhile, makes her directorial debut with “Rasheeda Speaking,” a new play by Joel Drake Johnson set for the New Group’s winter slot. Storyline follows the disintegrating friendship of two women, played by Wiest and Tonya Pinkins (“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” “Caroline, or Change”), who work at the front desk of a doctor’s office.

Nixon returns to the New Group following her toplining role in the company’s 2006 revival of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”

Scheduled for a spring production, Eisenberg both writes and stars in “The Spoils,” about a grad school dropout who goes about trying to win back his grade school crush. Elliot helms the show, which is the third Off Broadway stint for Eisenberg as writer-thesp following “Asuncion” and “The Revisionist.”

Exact dates for the three productions, which all play on stages at midtown’s Signature Center, remain to be set.

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