The New York Times reports that Lincoln Center Theater is in talks with London's Royal National Theatre concerning a Broadway run of Martin Sherman's Rose.
Starring Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, Rose would run eight and a half weeks at the Lyceum, beginning previews March 28 and opening April 12.
Given the rigors involved with performing the one woman show, Dukakis would do seven shows each week, rather than eight, during the limited run.
Rose is the postwar story of a Jewish diaspora, as told by an immigrant woman who has traveled from the Ukraine to Miami Beach.
Actors' Equity, which recently nixed a proposal from the producers of Off Broadway's Maybe Baby, It's You to do an abbreviated work week in order to cut costs, said the Rose situation was different and that it would have no objection to the seven-performance schedule for the play. "She [Dukakis] would still be getting paid for eight performances," an Equity spokesperson told Playbill On-Line. Equity indicated that the normal, full week rates applied to others in the production, as well as the star, even if the actual number of performances were reduced.
Martin Sherman was last on Broadway 20 years ago when his play Bent received a Tony nomination for Best Play.