Shirley Knight, Rufus Collins and Heidi Schreck Join Broadway-Aimed The Old Masters

News   Shirley Knight, Rufus Collins and Heidi Schreck Join Broadway-Aimed The Old Masters
Casting is now complete for the Broadway-bound U.S. premiere of Simon Gray's The Old Masters, starring Tony Award nominee Brian Murray and Sam Waterston, which will debut at the Long Wharf Theatre in January 2011.

Playwright Heidi Schreck
Playwright Heidi Schreck

Added to the company are Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Shirley Knight (Kennedy's Children, "Sweet Bird of Youth"), Rufus Collins (The Royal Family, An Ideal Husband) and Heidi Schreck (Circle Mirror Transformation).

Michael Rudman will direct The Old Masters, which will play Long Wharf Jan. 19-Feb. 13, 2011. The 1937-set work premiered in London in 2004 under the direction of playwright Harold Pinter.

John Martello and Elliot Martin were previously announced to produce the anticipated Broadway engagement, though dates and a theatre have not been set.

The Old Masters, according to Long Wharf, "takes place under the menacing shadow of Mussolini in 1937. Two aging lions joust over the value of art and money. Just outside Florence, famous art historian Bernard Berenson (Waterston) and notorious art dealer Joseph Duveen (Murray) edge toward an explosive final encounter as their turbulent relationship erupts on stage."

Murray received Tony Award nominations for his performances in The Crucible, The Little Foxes and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Waterston most recently appeared in Athol Fugard's Have You Seen Us? at Long Wharf last season. He is best known for his work on "Law & Order."


The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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