Philip Bosco and Fritz Weaver may be coming to Broadway this season in a Second Coming, a new drama by David Shaber. Producer Lee Moskof told Playbill On-Line that she and her team are currently looking at two spaces, one Broadway and one Off-Broadway, but have made no decision yet as to the production's final destination. Either way, however, the play is planned for New York, Moskof said, and will probably open near the end of October.
Second Coming is a political drama about two governmental operators hopelessly addicted to the game of politics, and loosely based on former president Richard Nixon and John Mitchell. The action takes place some 10 years after the Watergate scandal. Mitchell, Nixon's attorney general, was sentenced to a jail term for his involvement in the Watergate cover-up.
Bosco will play the Mitchell role to Weaver's Nixon, said Moskof. The character of an Ivy League society lady attached to Mitchell is yet to be cast.
Shaber is primarily know for his film work, including the screenplay for the Sean Connery-Alec Baldwin thriller The Hunt for Red October. John Tillinger, who helmed the Tony Randall-Jack Klugman Broadway remounting of The Sunshine Boys, will direct.
Bosco's most recent appearance on the New York stage was in the "Encores!" concert series' February production of Strike Up the Band. His latest long run on Broadway was in Ken Ludwig's farce Moon Over Buffalo, which later became the subject of the D.A. Pennebaker-Chris Hegedus documentary Moon Over Broadway. Weaver is another theatre veteran with credits stretching back even farther than Bosco's. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 in The Chalk Garden and has appeared in such productions as The Crucible and, more recently, The Professional at Circle Rep in 1995. - -By Robert Simonson