A. R. Gurney's new play, Far East , will begin performances at Lincoln Center Theatre's Mitzi Newhouse space Dec. 11 for a Jan. 11, 1999 opening and a run through March 7, 1999. (The Jan. 11 opening was recently moved up a day from a previously announced Jan. 10.)
Far East tried out at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in July, with Daniel Sullivan directing. Former Seattle Rep artistic director Sullivan will again helm the play Off-Broadway. Set in the 1950s, Far East tells of a young naval officer looking for fun in Japan before Voice of America calls him home.
Far East will feature Michael Hayden, Lisa Emery, Sonnie Brown, Bill Smitrovich and Connor Trinneer. Hayden made his Broadway debut in the Nicholas Hytner revival of Carousel and has since appeared in New York in All My Sons at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Gurney is the author of The Cocktail Hour, Sylvia, Later Life, The Dining Room, Richard Cory, Sweet Sue, Darlene and The Guest Lecturer and Love Letters.
At Williamstown, designing Far East were Rui Rita (lighting), Danielle Castronovo (costumes), Jerry M. Yager (sound) and Michael Brown (set). Rita will again do the Off-Broadway honors, joined by Tom Lynch (set), Jess Goldstein (costumes) and Dan Moses Schreier (music & sound). -- By Robert Simonson