Tony Award winner and Theatre Hall of Famer Linda Lavin will return to Broadway this December in Our Mother's Brief Affair, a new play by Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, 2003). The play will get its New York premiere under the auspices of the Manhattan Theatre Club at its Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow will direct. Previews are scheduled to begin Dec. 28, with an opening set for Jan. 20, 2016.
Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella will star in the American premiere of The Father, an acclaimed new play by Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony winner Christopher Hampton, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.
Subscriptions to the entire Manhttan Theatre Club season have been on sale for several months, but starting Oct. 1, single tickets for both productions are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Tickets cost $70-$150.<p>
Lavin won her Tony Award for playing the mother in Broadway Bound (1987), and has won two Golden Globe Awards for her work on TV's "Alice."
Here's how MTC describes the plot of Our Mother's Brief Affair: "On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small." The production represents several reunions for the principals. Its MTC's 11th Greenberg play, also including Tony nominee The Assembled Parties (2013), which Meadow also directed, and the third time Meadow has directed Lavin in a production, previously The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (2000) and Collected Stories (2010).
For more on The Father, see Frank Langella Picks a Challenging Role for His 2016 Broadway Return.
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