“Voyage,” the first part of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Tom Stoppard’s three-play cycle “The Coast of Utopia,” has pushed back its opening night by three weeks to Nov. 27.
Move will allow 73-year-old thesp Richard Easton, who collapsed onstage during the show’s second preview perf Oct. 18, to recover from a medical procedure he underwent earlier this week to correct a heart arrhythmia.
Understudy David Manis has been playing Easton’s role in the show since Oct. 19 and will continue to do so until the actor’s return, the exact date of which has not yet been set.
“Voyage” was originally skedded to open Nov. 5. The second and third parts of the trilogy remain on track, with the second part, “Shipwreck,” set to open Dec. 21 and the third, “Salvage,” set for Feb. 15.
The nine-hour “Utopia” follows the odyssey of Russian intellectuals in the 19th century; Easton plays landowner Alexander Bakunin. Helmed by Jack O’Brien, the large cast includes Ethan Hawke, Brian F. O’Byrne, Billy Crudup, Amy Irving, Jennifer Ehle and Martha Plimpton.