Elaine May will return to the Broadway stage in a new production of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery this fall. Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves) will mark her Broadway directorial debut with the staging, which will also feature two alums of Lonergan’s works: Michael Cera (currently on Broadway in Lobby Hero) and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea).
Performances will begin September 25 at the John Golden Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for October 25.
The production, from producer Scott Rudin, will mark the third Broadway premiere of a Lonergan work over a decade following its original bow: This Is Our Youth, initially Off-Broadway in 1996, marked the Oscar winner's Broadway debut (and Michael Cera's) in 2014, and Lobby Hero—currently running at Second Stage's Hayes Theater—premiered in 2001.
May returns to Broadway as a performer after appearing in 1966's short-lived The Office, which closed before officially opening. She made her Broadway debut in 1960 at the Golden Theatre with An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May. May also penned the plays Taller Than a Dwarf, After the Night and the Music, and George Is Dead, which was featured in the 2011 triple bill Relatively Speaking.
The memory play centers around a boutique art gallery in Greenwich Village, the elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease who runs it, her family who struggles to care for her, and a building owner who aims to turn the gallery into a café.