Leonard Foglia directs the work which will open Feb. 15 at the new Off-Broadway theatre space (located at its namesake 59 East 59th Street in Manhattan) for a limited engagement. Tickets go on sale to the public Jan. 4, 2004 — subscribers can reserve from Dec. 1. The Stendhal Syndrome combines the two plays: Full Frontal Nudity — about three American tourists who are urged by an Italian guide to bask in the beauty of Michelangelo's "David" — and Prelude & Liebestod — which finds a celebrated conductor watching his life unravel right before his eyes as he leads Wagner's music.
Langella and Rossellini will head up a cast that also includes Michael Countryman, Susan Pourfar and Yul Vazquez.
A 2002 Tony Award winner for his turn in Fortune's Fool, Langella also received a Tony for his work in Edward Albee's Seascape. The actor has also appeared on stage in A Christmas Carol, Present Laughter, The Father, Passion, Amadeus, and Dracula.
Film star Rossellini will make her stage debut in Stendhal. The sometime model is known for her appearances in such films as "White Nights," "Blue Velvet," "Roger Dodger," "Cousins," "Wild At Heart," and "Big Night."
Director Foglia has teamed up with McNally on Master Class on Broadway and Dead Man Walking at New York City Opera. His other credits include Wait Until Dark, One Touch of Venus, If Memory Serves and Lonely Planet.
The design team for Stendhal includes Michael McGarty (set), David C. Woolard (costumes), Russell H. Champa (lighting), Elaine J. McCarthy (projections) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original music.
Tickets to The Stendhal Syndrome at 59E59, 59 East 59th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues), go on sale after Jan. 4, 2004. For subscriptions, call (212) 840-9705. For more information, visit www.primarystages.com.