Marylouise Burke and Gary Wilmes have joined the cast of Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play True West, directed by James Macdonal. The actors join the previously announced Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, who will play Lee and Austin, respectively.
Burke, who has previously appeared on Broadway in Fish in the Dark, Into the Woods, Inherit the Wind and Is He Dead? will play the character of Mom. Wilmes, who is currently performing in the Off-Broadway production of Mary Page Marlowe at Second Stage Theater, and has appeared on Broadway in Chinglish, and in the national tour of August: Osage County, will play Saul Kimmer.
The limited engagement of True West will begin performances December 27 in the American Airlines Theatre ahead of a January 24, 2019, opening night.
In True West, two brothers—one, a moderately successful screenwriter (Golden Globe nominee Dano), the other, a drifter (Tony and Oscar nominee Hawke)—reunite to discuss their mother's recently abandoned house, leading to the airing of old resentments and some unexpected twists in the relationship.
The play debuted on Broadway in 2000 with stars John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman swapping roles nightly. The production received four Tony Award nominations: nods to both alternating stars, director Matthew Warchus, and Best Play.
The Roundabout revival will feature a creative team that includes Tony Award winner Mimi Lien (sets), Obie winner Kaye Voyce (costumes), and Tony nominee Jane Cox (lights).