Oscar Winner Hoffman May Return to Broadway in 50 Words with Marvel

News   Oscar Winner Hoffman May Return to Broadway in 50 Words with Marvel Two-time Tony Award nominee and stage stalwart Philip Seymour Hoffman — who recently earned an Academy Award for "Capote" — will return to the Broadway stage in Michael Weller's 50 Words as soon as the busy actor's schedule frees up, according to Variety.
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The trade mag reveals that the actor will follow up his lauded A Long Day's Journey Into Night turn with a stint in the new drama from the pen of Loose Ends and Moonchildren playwright. But the busy actor must fulfill film commitments and a run in Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating opposite Beth Cole, Daphne Rubin-Vega and his co-artistic director John Ortiz in the LAByrinth Theater Company production.

Producer Emanuel Azenberg told Variety the run, likely to fall into the 2007-2008 Broadway season following an out-of-town engagement, will co-star Elizabeth Marvel (Seascape, Hedda Gabler), who appeared with Hoffman an in earlier reading of the work.

50 Words — which centers around one tumultuous night in a modern couple's marriage — is reportedly the second part of a trilogy following Weller's previous What the Night Is For which enjoyed a 2002 London run and 2004 California run.

Hoffman previously garnered praise on Broadway for his Tony Award-nominated turns opposite John C. Reilly in the 2000 revival of True West. He also trod the boards in The Seagull, Shopping and Fucking and The Author's Voice. Known for his work on such films as "Boogie Nights," "Flawless," "Magnolia," "State and Main" and "Mission Impossible: III" among others, Hoffman has also directed for the stage. Among his directorial credits include Rebecca Gilman's Pulitzer Prize finalist The Glory of Living and Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street and Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train.

Weller has also written the plays Buying Time and Spoils of War (later adapted for television), the book for the musical Zhivago, the films "Hair," "Ragtime," "Lost Angels" and for the TV series "Once and Again."