McPherson stages his own work for the American debut of the new work starting in California Sept. 13 and opening Sept. 20 for a run through Oct. 9 as part of the 2005-2006 Best of Broadway season before heading to Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre beginning Oct. 18 and opening Nov. 10.
Original London cast member Stanley Townsend reprises his role opposite Rufus Sewell (Translations on Broadway, the upcoming "The Legend of Zorro"), Geraldine Hughes (of Off-Broadway's recent Belfast Blues) and Keith Nobbs (recently in the Atlantic Theatre Company's Romance). The cast will remain the same in New York.
The Dublin-set Shining City follows the story of a man who goes to a therapist claiming he saw the ghost of his recently-deceased wife. "What begins as just an unusual encounter becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead — a struggle which will shape and define both men for the rest of their lives," reads show materials.
Barry & Fran Weissler, Scott Rudin/Paramount Pictures Corporation, Roger Berlind and Debra Black present the Broadway run. The work made its world premiere at London's Royal Court Theatre in June of 2004 followed by a run at the Gate Theatre during the 2004 Dublin Theatre Festival.
Playwright and director McPherson is known stateside for his Broadway debut The Weir and Off-Broadway works Dublin Carol, St. Nicholas and This Lime Bower Tree. Other works include Come On Over and Port Authority. The design team includes Santo Loquasto (scenic), Ann Roth (costumes) and Paul Gallo (lighting).
Tickets to Shining City at the Curran Theatre, go on sale Aug. 21 and will be available by calling (415) 512-7770 or online at bestofbroadway-sf.com.