Linklater and MacFarlane Will Complete Trio in Premiere of Bunin's Busy World, Lahti's Return to NYC

News   Linklater and MacFarlane Will Complete Trio in Premiere of Bunin's Busy World, Lahti's Return to NYC Hamish Linklater and Luke MacFarlane will join previously announced Christine Lahti in the Playwrights Horizons world premiere of The Busy World Is Hushed, starting May 27 in Manhattan.

Mark Brokaw directs the Keith Bunin play, which opens at PH's Mainstage June 20.

"Hannah (Christine Lahti), a minister and bible scholar, finds her faith at odds with that of Thomas, her estranged, wayward son (Luke MacFarlane)," according to PH. "But when an inquisitive young writer (Hamish Linklater) hired to assist Hannah with her latest publication learns painful secrets from Hannah's past, she spies a risky, unconventional opportunity for reconciliation."

The production will feature scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by M.L. Geiger and sound design and original music by Lewis Flinn. Production stage manager will be David Sugarman.

Keith Bunin penned The Credeaux Canvas and The World Over, both at Playwrights Horizons.

Mark Brokaw staged the Broadway productions of Reckless and The Constant Wife and Off-Broadway's Lobby Hero at Playwrights Horizons. Lahti is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winner who appeared in the Playwrights Horizons productions of The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway and Hooters, as well as TV's "Chicago Hope" (for which she won the Emmy). She won an Oscar for directing the short "Lieberman in Love," and was Oscar-nominated for Best Featured Actress for "Swing Shift."

Hamish Linklater is currently in Cyclone at Studio Dante and plays Matthew on CBS' new comedy, "The New Adventures of Old Christine." He appeared in Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons and the world premiere of The Violet Hour at South Coast Rep. Luke MacFarlane appeared in FX's "Over There," Juvenilia at Playwrights Horizons and Where Do We Live at The Vineyard.

Performances for the limited engagement will continue through July 2 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater, 416 West 42nd Street.

Performances will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $65.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 28.

The first preview 8 PM May 27 is a pay-what-you-can performance. Names will be taken at the Ticket Central box office, 416 West 42nd Street, in person on the day of the performance between 2 PM and 7 PM. A drawing will take place at 7 PM. Participants must be present with ID at the time names are drawn in order to be eligible for the lottery. Two tickets per person, cash-only, subject to availability, $5 per ticket suggested donation.

A student rush offer during the run is also available.

For more information, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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