Sam Rockwell Is a Broadway ‘Fool for Love’ for Manhattan Theater Club

Manhattan Theater Club has lined up a pair of fall 2015 offerings:  a Broadway staging of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” that will see Sam Rockwell starring with Tony winner Nina Arianda, as well as a new David Lindsay-Abaire play to be directed by David Hyde Pierce.

Rockwell, who last appeared on Broadway in “A Behanding in Spokane” in 2010, and Arianda (“Venus in Fur”) originally starred in Shepard’s 1983 play in a well-reviewed summer staging at the Williamstown Theater Festival (pictured above). The New York incarnation, also directed by Daniel Aukin, is presented by MTC in association with Williamstown. (WTF’s new artistic director, Mandy Greenfield, was formerly the artistic producer at MTC.)

The current Broadway revival of “The Elephant Man,” currently raking in big bucks thanks to topliner Bradley Cooper, also originated at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

While “Fool for Love” plays MTC’s Broadway space, the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, the company’s Off Broadway stage, will premiere “Ripcord,” the latest play by Pulitzer winner Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole,” “Shrek the Musical”). Pierce, the Tony winner (“Curtains”) and “Frasier” alum who’ll make his Broadway directing debut on musical “It Shoulda Been You” this spring, will helm a cast that includes Mary Louise Wilson (“Grey Gardens”) and frequent Lindsay-Abaire collaborator Marylouise Burke.

Lindsay-Abaire’s new comedy follows the rivalry between two senior citizens who are roommates at an assisted living facility.

“Fool for Love” begins previews Sept. 15 ahead of an Oct. 8 opening at the Friedman, while “Ripcord” launches performances Sept. 29 prior to an Oct. 20 bow.

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