Lincoln Center Theater is looking to present the latest by playwright Jon Robin Baitz in early 2001. The drama, titled Ten Unknowns and concerning an elderly artist, will be staged in January of next year at the very earliest, an LCT spokesman told Playbill On-Line.
No cast or director has been announced, but a source close to the production told PBOL that Jason Robards was up for the lead role. LCT could not confirm Robards' involvement.
Baitz's A Fair Country was seen at LCT a few seasons back. Since then, Manhattan Theatre Club has staged his Mizlansky/Zilinsky, while his adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler was seen in L.A., in a staging starring Annette Bening. Baitz's other works include The Film Society and The Substance of Fire.
Robards' last New York appearance was in Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre. Other recent stage turns have included Pinter's Old Times and Horowitz's Park the Car in Harvard Yard. Robards if famous for creating or recreating many characters in the O'Neill canon, including Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh. He also appeared in the original production of Arthur Miller's After the Fall and won a Tony for his performance in The Disenchanted.
--By Robert Simonson