The actor reported on his website that he'll play the roles of Saint-Lambert/Lance in the time-shifting play, directed by Arena artistic director Molly Smith, at Arena Stage's temporary home in Crystal City, VA. Performances will play May 8-June 14, 2009. Arena has not officially announced casting.
According to Arena, Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play, Mariela in the Desert, Looking for Roberto Clemente) has created a "time-bending tale of discovery — both scientific and maternal. Enter the world of Emilie du Châtelet, an 18th century physicist in love with — but unfaithful to — the renowned writer and philosopher Voltaire. Jump forward to the present day world of Olivia, also a physicist, enjoying a satisfying marriage and career but feeling an astonishing pull toward motherhood. Their stories relate in surprising ways; both women fear that their choices will cost them their dreams of scientific immortality. A riveting drama with unexpected twists, this Arena-commissioned play brings a new voice to our stages — one that speaks with great eloquence on two women's quest for knowledge and love."
While Arena is refurbishing and expanding its new home, 2008-09 productions are being done in borrowed spaces in the DC area.
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