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Robert Sean Leonard to Star in John Patrick Shanley’s New Play

Robert Sean Leonard is among the actors who have signed on to the cast of “Prodigal Son,” the new play written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and set to have its world premiere early next year in an Off Broadway production from Manhattan Theater Club.

Leonard (“House”), who won a 2001 Tony for his turn in “The Invention of Love,” joins a cast that also includes Timothee Chalamet, the young actor who’s appeared in “Interstellar” and “Homeland,” and Chris McGarry. Chalamet plays a gifted but troubled 17-year-old from the Bronx who’s transplanted to a fancy East Coast private school, while Leonard and McGarry star as the faculty members grappling with whether he’s an asset to the school or a impending catastrophe.

Annika Boras and David Potters also appear in the show at MTC, which has premiered a string of Shanley plays over the years including the recent “Outside Mullingar” and the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning “Doubt.”

“Prodigal Son” is part of a 2015-16 season at MTC that also includes Broadway titles “Fool for Love” with Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda, “Our Mother’s Brief Affair” with Linda Lavin and “The Father” led by Frank Langella. Off Broadway outings will include David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Ripcord,” Nick Payne’s “Incognito” and Nick Jones’ “Important Hats of the 20th Century.”

“Prodigal Son” begins previews Jan. 19 prior to a Feb. 9 opening at MTC’s Off Broadway space at New York City Center Stage I.

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