Veteran stage actors Lois Smith and David Margulies will star in the play under the direction of Jo Bonney. The Edgerton Award will allow for additional rehearsal time of the world-premiere engagement. (Official dates of production have not been announced.) "Time is a precious yet all too scarce commodity when it comes to the development of a new play. The Edgerton Foundation award offers playwright Darci Picoult — and the creative team and cast — valuable extra days in the rehearsal room during which she can continue the discovery process," said Long Wharf dramaturg and literary manager April Donahower in a statement.
Press notes for Lil's 90th read: "Lillian and her family are putting the finishing touches on the much-anticipated party at which she'll make her singing debut. There's a speech to be written, a band to rehearse and an outfit to choose. But then Lil's husband Charlie's secret gets out—the birthday surprise that he hoped would make her day may instead tear their lives apart. Lil's 90th shows that when reason fails, it is the power of love that stands the test of aging."
Long Wharf representatives also told Playbill.com that Nilaja Sun will bring her acclaimed Off-Broadway solo show No Child... to the New Haven theatre's Stage II as part of the 2009-2010 season.
The complete 2009-2010 season at Long Wharf will be announced in the coming weeks.