Judd Hirsch will be joined by Ben Vereen in a revival of Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport, playing a mini-tour of three American nonprofit theatres, beginning Jan. 1, 2002, with Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, FL.
Daniel Sullivan directs the seriocomic play about two seniors who meet in Central Park and confront a changing world — in the form of drug dealers, punks, an angry daughter and an ex boss. Hirsch won the Tony Award for playing crusty socialist Nat. Vereen, who plays Midge, is known for his Tony Award winning turn in Pippin, plus his recent work in Fosse on Broadway.
I'm Not Rappaport plays Coconut Grove Jan. 1-20, Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, Jan. 23-Feb. 17 and Paper Mill in Millburn, NJ Feb. 20-March 4.
Director Sullivan won the Best Director Tony Award in 2001 for Broadway's Proof.
The producers are hoping to reunite the original Broadway production's design team of Tony Walton, Pat Collins and Robert Morgan. Gardner won the Best Play Tony Award in 1986 for I'm Not Rappaport. Collins also won a Tony for her lighting. — By Kenneth Jones