Playwright Craig Lucas, of Reckless and Prelude To A Kiss renown, will make his Lincoln Center debut with God's Heart, a new drama about the unlikely connections among six inhabitants of a large American city. Opening April 6, the play will be the first at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre since its partial renovation.
Starring in God's Heart will be Amy Brenneman, formerly of TV's "NYPD Blue," and Julie Kavner, co-star of TV's "Rhoda" and "Tracy Ullman Show," actress in various Woody Allen films, and the voice of Marge Simpson. Brenneman (Janet) appeared Off-Broadway in Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever and at Yale Rep in St. Joan Of The Stockyard. Kavner has appeared in plays at L.A.'s Westwood Theatre and San Diego's Old Globe.
The play had its world premiere two seasons ago at Trinity Repertory Theatre, directed by Norman Rene.
Also starring will be Seven Guitars' Viola Davis, Kia Joy Goodwin (Annie), Kevin Carroll (Angels In America), John Benjamin Hickey (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Lisa Leguillou (Chronicle Of A Death Foretold) and Nedehru Roberts. Joe Mantello, who directed L!V!C! and What's Wrong With This Picture on Broadway, will stage the piece. A revival of Lucas' Blue Window was directed by Mantello last season at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Sets for Heart are by Robert Brill, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting by Brian MacDevitt, projections by Batwin + Robin Productions, and sound design/original music by Daniel Moses Schreier. For tickets ($45) and more information on God's Heart, which begins previews March 6 and runs to May 25, call (212) 239-6200. You can also order tickets on Playbill On-Line.
--By David Lefkowitz