Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams Will Return to Broadway in Blackbird

News   Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams Will Return to Broadway in Blackbird
 
Blackbird, David Harrower's controversial drama about a woman who tracks down and confronts the man who had an affair with her when she was 12 and subsequently was jailed for statutory rape, has booked Broadway's Belasco Theatre, and will open there in March 2016. Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams will star.

Blackbird premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005, then transferred to London in 2006 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, in a production directed by Peter Stein. In 2007 the drama got its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in a production starring Daniels and Allison Pill, directed by Joe Mantello.

The taut one-act play presents a complex picture of their relationship. She's now 27 and he is 56, and it's not clear whether she comes to get revenge, accuse him anew, or to rebuild a more adult connection with him.

Jeff Daniels in the 2007 Off-Broadway production
Jeff Daniels in the 2007 Off-Broadway production Photo by Joan Marcus

Two-time Tony Award winner Mantello will also direct the Broadway production, which is scheduled to begin previews Feb. 5, 2016, and open March 10. The 18-week limited engagement is scheduled to conclude June 12.

The play has been staged around the world, including South Africa, Australia, Italy and Canada.

This will mark Daniels' sixth Broadway appearance. He was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for his performance in God of Carnage. His films include "Purple Rose of Cairo," "Dumb and Dumber" and "The Martian," which opens this week.

Williams has been nominated for Academy Awards three times, including once for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in "My Weekend With Marilyn." She made her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in the 2014 revival of Cabaret.

Produced by Scott Rudin, Blackbird will have scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt.

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