Previews for the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Rainmaker will begin Oct. 21 at the Brooks Atkinson. The revival of N. Richard Nash's classic stars Woody Harrelson as Starbuck and Jayne Atkinson as Lizzie. Scott Ellis directs.
Rainmaker is the story of the handsome dreamer, Bill Starbuck, who arrives at the H.C. Curry farm just in time to distract everyone -- especially Curry's daughter, Lizzie -- from the prolonged drought they have all been suffering, on a number of levels.
Performances for The Rainmaker run Tue. - Sat. at 8 PM, with Wed., Sat., and Sun. matinees at 2 PM. For information call TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100 or visit the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Box Office at 256 West 47th Street.
Along with Give Me Your Answer, Do! at the Gramercy, and the Broadway revival of The Rainmaker, the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming season will also include: • Uncle Vanya, starring Derek Jabobi, directed by Michael Mayer. This will be the first show at the Roundabout's new home on 42nd Street at the site of the former Selwyn Theatre.
• Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man is scheduled to begin at Roundabout's Gramercy Theatre on or about Jan. 14. Eileen Atkins will star. A male lead has not been signed. Last year, Atkins' London co-star, British actor Michael Gambon, was briefly considered for the New York run of The Unexpected Man, but he has not been associated with the project since. Recent speculation about Atkins' possible co-stars included one industry trade report that named Ben Gazzara was a candidate. Previously, Nick Nolte had been connected to the Reza project.
The Roundabout has also informed subscription members that the following plays are under consideration for their 1999-2000 season:
• Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill, directed by David Leveaux. O'Neill's classic 1920s drama chronicles a New England farm family and their degeneration into adultery and greed. The play was brought up on obscenity charges during its original Broadway run, but the jury found O'Neill innocent. The Tony Award-winning Leveaux recently directed Pinter's Moonlight for The Roundabout, with Broadway credits including: O'Neill's Anna Christie with Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson (Tony Award for Best Revival) and A Moon for the Misbegotten.
• You Can't Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy was first staged in 1936 and follows an eccentric household where each family member creates his own chaos. The play was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. Director Nicholas Martin has told Playbill On-Line that he will be directing the show, but a Roundabout spokesperson could not confirm the report at press time.
• Hotel Suite by Neil Simon, directed by Rob Marshall, is an amalgam of Simon's previous "Suite" plays, combining four one-acts from his California Suite, London Suite, and Plaza Suite. After premiering in London in 1997, the play was produced earlier this year at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, where it starred Marina Sirtis (of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"). In Philly, Hotel Suite's four scenes, were, in order: Visitors from London from California Suite, about an Oscar nominated English actress and her husband; Visitor from Philadelphia, also from California Suite, about a couple from Philly, one of whom wakes up with a stranger; Diana and Sydney from London Suite, a second look at the English couple of the first scene; and Visitor from Mamaroneck from Plaza Suite, about a bride with pre-wedding jitters.
Another play previously reported as being under consideration, Warren Leight's The Glimmer Brothers, is no longer on the Roundabout roster, according to Variety. The drama, which was recently produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, is currently in rehearsal at Stony Point's Penguin Rep.