Broadway Vets Play War Vets in Stoppard's Heroes at L.A.'s Geffen

News   Broadway Vets Play War Vets in Stoppard's Heroes at L.A.'s Geffen Stage veterans Richard Benjamin, Len Cariou and George Segal play war veterans in Tom Stoppard's translation of Gérald Sibleyras' Heroes, which makes its American premiere April 10 at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse.

Thea Sharrock (Equus) directs the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award-winning comedy, which officially opens April 18 at the California company's home for a run scheduled through May 27.

Sibleyras' play Le Vent des Peupliers centers around three "decorated soldiers growing old in a Parisian veterans home set in 1959," according to an announcement for the work that mixes "nostalgia, camaraderie and old war wounds with a bit of curmudgeonry."

The translated work debuted in London at the Wyndham's Theatre in October 2005 with Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and Ken Stott in a production also directed by Sharrock. It garnered the 2006 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Benjamin has played on Broadway in The Star Spangled Girl, The Little Black Book and The Norman Conquests Trilogy: Table Manners; Living Together; Round and Round the Garden. Other credits include Power Plays, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple and the films "Diary of a Mad Housewife," "Catch-22" and "The Sunshine Boys" among others.

Cariou's Broadway credits include Proof, The Dinner Party, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, The Speed of Darkness, Off-Broadway's Mountain, Papa, Master Class, Measure for Measure and the national tours of Show Boat and Copenhagen. For the Geffen he has appeared in All My Sons and Rose and Walsh. On film he has been seen in "Flags of Out Fathers," "Thirteen Days," "About Schmidt" and more. Segal has been seen in Broadway's Gideon, Rattle of a Simple Man, Requiem for a Heavyweight and Art. He is perhaps better known for his film work, which includes "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," "No Way to Treat a Lady," "Where's Poppa?," "A Touch of Class," "Look Who's Talking," "For the Boys," "Flirting with Disaster," "The Mirror Has Two Faces," "The Heights" and more.

Sharrock directed the current London production of Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe at the Gielgud Theatre. Other credits include Voyage Round My Father, Private Lives, Don Juan, Blithe Spirit and Betrayal. She currently serves as artistic director for The Gate Theatre.

The Geffen Playhouse next presents Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (May 5-July 15) and Hershey Felder's George Gershwin Alone (June 5-July 22).

Tickets to Heroes at the Geffen Playhouse, located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA, can be purchased by calling (310) 208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.