Daniel Aukin directs production that will officially open June 20 at the Duke on 42nd Street. Performances continue through July 2. LCT3 serves as the new works developmental lab for Lincoln Center Theater.
In addition to stage veteran Wilson and Ebert, the cast also features Greta Lee and Zoe Winters.
Audiences familiar with Herzog's family play After the Revolution, which was seen at Playwrights Horizons in late 2010, will note that the character of Vera returns for the latest staging. Wilson now takes on the role of Vera (played by Lois Smith in Revolution).
According to LCT3, "After losing his best friend while they were on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo (Ebert) seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother (Wilson) in her West Village apartment. 4000 Miles examines how these two outsiders find their way in today's world."
Lee last appeared on Broadway in the revival of David Hirson's La Bête. Winters appeared in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 2009. Ebert was seen on Broadway in Brief Encounter and understudied the role of Ken in the Tony-winning drama Red. Wilson won the Tony Award and received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for her performance in Grey Gardens. Her other credits include Full Gallop (as Diana Vreeland for which she won a Drama Desk Award), the revival of Cabaret (Tony Award nomination), Show Boat, Fools, Prelude to a Kiss, Gypsy and Flora The Red Menace.
Herzog's plays have been produced or developed at the Yale School of Drama, Ensemble Studio Theater, Arena Stage, New York Stage and Film, Provincetown Playhouse and ACT in San Francisco.
Citing the need to develop strong relationships with new artists and to develop a new audience, and recognizing the frustrations that playwrights have with the current system of readings and workshops, Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of artistic director Andre Bishop and executive producer Bernard Gersten) created LCT3 to offer new artists fully staged productions. Paige Evans is the director of LCT3.