Variety reports that Lane will play President Charles Smith in the production, which will open Jan. 17, 2008, at a Shubert theatre to be named. Previews will begin Dec. 21. Tony winner Joe Mantello, who helmed the 2005 revival of Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, will direct.
The comedy, according to a previous New York Times story, concerns President Smith "and is set a few days before the election, in which he is running as an incumbent. The action unfolds over one day and involves, according to a synopsis provided by the producers, 'civil marriage, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions.'"
Mamet previously described the play to the Times as "three men in a room trying to work things out." The award-winning playwright says his inspiration for the play was the absurdity of the turkeys that are pardoned each Thanksgiving by the President.
In addition to his Tony-winning roles in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nathan Lane has starred on The Great White Way in Butley, Present Laughter, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Man Who Came to Dinner. The actor has also been featured in such films as "Addams Family Values," "Mousehunt," "Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Birdcage," scoring a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the latter. He was also seen in the film adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby." A founder of the Atlantic Theater Company, David Mamet's principal works include The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross (Pulitzer Prize), Boston Marriage, Edmond, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow and The Cryptogram (Obie Award). He recently adapted The Voysey Inheritance for the Atlantic.
Mamet has also written and directed such films as "Spartan," "State and Main," "The Winslow Boy," "Heist," "House of Games" and "The Spanish Prisoner" and was nominated for Oscars for writing "Wag the Dog" and "The Verdict." He has also adapted many of his plays into films, and is a writer and executive producer for the TV series "The Unit."