In the Manhattan Theater Club production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, Linney and Nixon will switch off in the roles of Regina Giddens and her sister-in-law, Birdie Hubbard, in Lilian Hellman’s 1939 play about an Alabama family’s ferocious fight over money and a promising investment. Doubling roles in repertory is a rare but not unheard of gambit on Broadway; Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly alternated in the two lead roles of Sam Shepard’s “True West” in 2000.
Both Nixon and Linney are fairly regular presences on Broadway, and both have worked in the past with MTC. Nixon starred in MTC’s 2012 staging of “Wit” and the 2006 play “Rabbit Hole,” while Linney was most recently on Broadway in MTC’s 2010 outing “Time Stands Still.” Both “Rabbit Hole” and “Time Stands Still” were directed by Sullivan (“Proof”).
“The Little Foxes” begins previews March 29 ahead of an April 19, 2017 opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. The production joins an MTC Broadway season that is already due to include “Heisenberg,” with Mary-Louise Parker, and “Jitney.”