Produced by New York nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club, “The Father” will star Langella as an older man grappling with memory issues. Doug Hughes (“Doubt”), who directed Langella in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2008 Broadway revival of “A Man for All Seasons,” helms.
Zeller, a French novelist and playwright who won France’s Moliere Award for the play, originally wrote “The Father” in French. Christopher Hampton, the English playwright of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” and the translator of works by writers including Yasmina Reza (“God of Carnage”), provides the English translation. (This “Father” is a different play from the early 20th century work of the same name by August Strindberg; that one was last on Broadway in 1996.)
A U.K. production of the play, directed by James McDonald and starring Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner, will play the West End later this year following earlier, much-lauded runs in Bath and at the Tricycle Theater in London.
Langella, whose most recent Broadway credit was “Man and Boy” in 2012, won the Tony for lead actor in his 2007 outing “Frost/Nixon,” and also picked up featured actor prizes for “Fortune’s Fool” (in 2002) and “Seascape” (in 1975). This year the actor also will appear in a couple of forthcoming movies (“Youth in Oregon” and “Captain Fantastic”) and will continue his recurring role on FX series “The Americans.”
“The Father” will round out a Manhattan Theater Club Broadway season that already includes “Fool for Love” with Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda and “Our Mother’s Brief Affair” with Linda Lavin. On the company’s Off Broadway slate are shows including David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Ripcord” and John Patrick Shanley’s “Prodigal Son,” among other titles.
“The Father” begins previews March 22 ahead of an April 12 opening at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Further casting and other details remain to be set.