It's official: Lincoln Center Theater will bring London's Royal National Theatre production of Martin Sherman's Rose to Broadway. Starring Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, Rose will run eight and a half weeks at the Lyceum Theatre and begin previews March 28 for an April 12 opening. Nancy Meckler will direct.
Given the rigors involved with performing the one woman show, Dukakis will do seven shows each week, rather than eight. The schedule will include Monday evening shows and a Saturday matinee.
Rose is the postwar story of a Jewish diaspora, as told by an immigrant woman who has traveled from the Ukraine to Miami Beach.
Actors' Equity, which recently nixed a proposal from the producers of Off Broadway's Maybe Baby, It's You to do an abbreviated work week in order to cut costs, said the Rose situation was different and that it would have no objection to the seven-performance schedule for the play.
"She [Dukakis] would still be getting paid for eight performances," an Equity spokesperson told Playbill On-Line. Equity indicated that the normal, full-week rates applied to others in the production, as well as the star, even if the actual number of performances were reduced. Martin Sherman was last on Broadway 20 years ago when his drama, Bent, received a Tony nomination for Best Play.