Previews will begin Oct. 6 at the Theatre Row Studio Theatre (410 West 42nd St.) with an official opening Oct. 9. Lauren Reinhard directs.
The cast will comprise Jen Danby, Dana Jesberger, Andy McCutcheon, Adam Newborn, Stephen Peabody and Eric Rice.
Based on true events, Orson's Shadow, press notes state, is an "ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants—Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. The time is 1960; the place is a West End theatre. Legendary critic Kenneth Tynan has made a startling proposal: Welles should direct Olivier and the young Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros, Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece. But it is the rehearsal process that brims with absurdity as titanic personalities, including Vivien Leigh, wrestle the muse in this witty and incisive depiction of the drama of theatre."
The play debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in January 2000 and was performed at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September of that year. It also received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Play and won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
The upcoming production will feature set design by Michele Spadaro and Stephen Dobay, lighting design by Alexander Bartenieff, sound design by Lisa Raymond, costume design by Catherine Siracusa, assistant costume design by Kelly Stevenson, Sidney Levitt and Kelly Stevenson and hair and makeup design by Catherine Zubkow. J. David Brimmer and Turner Smith are the fight choreographers. Show times will be Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 3 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Tickets are $18 and can be ordered by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. They can also be purchased at the Theatre Row box office prior to each performance. The Studio Theatre at Theater Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, just west of Ninth Avenue.