Ellen Burstyn stars in the Philip Seymour Hoffman staging that began previews March 18 and officially opens April 6 at the Public Theater. The run was originally scheduled through April 20 and now adds two weeks of performances.
The new work from Guirgis centers on the tale of an ailing woman who unknowingly ends up at an upper Manhattan charity hospital while her son struggles to deal with her condition.
Academy Award winner Burstyn stars with Elizabeth Canavan (Sailor's Song), Liza Colón-Zayas (Our Lady of 121st Street), Arthur French (Dividing the Estate), Gillian Jacobs (A Feminine Ending), Ajay Naidu (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Howie Seago (The Skin of Our Teeth), Michael Shannon (Bug), Sidney Williams (Prologue to Glory) and David Zayas (Anna in the Tropics, "Dexter").
Little Flower, seen at the 2005 and 2006 Barn Series Festival and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club's "6 @ 7" series, reteams the playwright and director of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train and Our Lady of 121st Street. Previous readings featured Hoffman in a cast that also included Anne Meara and Eric Bogosian as well as Jeffrey DeMunn, Stephen McKinley Henderson and David Zayas.
The Little Flower design team includes Narelle Sissons (set), Mimi O'Donnell (costumes), Japhy Weideman (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (sound). Burstyn (last seen on the Broadway stage in Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All) earned a Tony Award for her work in Same Time, Next Year and her Oscar for the film "Alice Doesn't Live Her Anymore" — both in the same year (1975). Other stage credits include 84 Charing Cross Road, Shirley Valentine, Shimada, Sacrilege and Fair Game. She was also Oscar-nominated for her roles in "The Last Picture Show," "The Exorcist," "Same Time, Next Year," "Resurrection" and, most recently, "Requiem for a Dream."