"Six Feet Under" Actress in Talks for Broadway's Upcoming Fool for Love

News   "Six Feet Under" Actress in Talks for Broadway's Upcoming Fool for Love Lili Taylor is in talks to star in the upcoming Sam Shepard play Fool for Love when it makes its Broadway debut next year, according to Variety.
Lili Taylor
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Actor Ed Harris is slated to make his Broadway directorial debut with the Roundabout Theatre Company's forthcoming revival of the Shepard work he once starred in.

Actress Taylor has been seen on film in "Mystic Pizza," "I Shot Andy Warhol," "High Fidelity" and the recent "Casa de Los Babys" as well as her recent turn on HBO's "Six Feet Under." The actress has played on Broadway in Three Sisters and more recently Off-Broadway in The New Group's Aunt Dan and Lemon and MCC Theatre's The Dead Eye Boy.

Fool for Love will play a limited run at the American Airlines Theatre with new dates to be announced shortly. The first staging of the work on Broadway was slated to start Jan. 14, 2005, was then bumped to Jan. 19 when the current resident at the space, Twelve Angry Men, extended. The Reginald Rose jury-room drama, further extended to Feb. 6, 2005, has again delayed the work.

Fool for Love focuses on a chance meeting between two former lovers at a seedy motel near the Mojave Desert. As the story unravels, we learn that it may be more than just a chance encounter, and they may be more than just lovers.

Harris earned an Obie Award for originating the role of Eddie in the Shepard work during its Off-Broadway debut at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre in 1983. Kathy Baker starred opposite Harris under the direction of the playwright. Ellen Barkin and Bruce Willis were among the replacement players in that production which lasted 1,000 performances before closing in 1985. As an actor, Harris made his Broadway debut and earned a Tony Award nomination for his turn in Precious Sons. Other stage credits include Simpatico, Taking Sides, Prairie Avenue, Scar, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, Sweet Bird of Youth and Trumbo.

The Englewood, New Jersey, native has also appeared in the films "A Beautiful Mind," "Stepmom," "The Truman Show," "Apollo 13," "The Right Stuff," "The Firm" and "Glengarry Glen Ross." Harris' feature film directorial debut, "Pollock," earned two Academy Award nominations.

Playwright-actor Shepard is set to make his return to the stage in the upcoming New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway staging of Caryl Churchill's A Number.

Production spokespersons could not confirm casting. The stars and designers of Fool for Love will be announced shortly.

Tickets to Fool for Love will be available in early 2005 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.