Speed-the-Plow Will Now Play the Barrymore Theatre

News   Speed-the-Plow Will Now Play the Barrymore Theatre The revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, which had been announced to play the Belasco Theatre, will instead make its home at the Ethel Barrymore, which had been scheduled to house the now-postponed revival of Godspell.
Raul Esparza
Raul Esparza

The 20th anniversary Broadway revival of the Mamet work will begin previews at the Barrymore Oct. 3 with a new official opening set for Oct. 23 at 7 PM.

Raúl Esparza, most recently on Broadway in the revival of The Homecoming, will play the role of Hollywood producer Charlie Fox. Jeremy Piven, the Chicago actor best known for his role as Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage," will play production exec Bobby Gould. And, Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olson on AMC's "Mad Men," will play the role of temp secretary Karen.

Atlantic Theater Company artistic director Neil Pepe will helm the production. Producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Ken Davenport, Scott Delman, Jamie deRoy, Ergo Entertainment, Ronald Frankel, Judith Hansen, Dede Harris, Peggy Hill, Patty Ann Lacerte, Alan Marks, Nicholas Rosenkranz, Ostar Productions, Adam Sansiveri and Barry Weisbord.

"Speed-the-Plow focuses on two high-powered Hollywood executives, Charlie Fox and Bobby Gould, who have come up from the mailroom together," according to press notes. "Charlie brings Bobbie a surefire hit with a major star attached. Bobby seems certain to give the green light, until his beautiful new secretary gets involved."

The design team will include two-time Tony Award-winning set designer Scott Pask with costumes by Laura Bauer. Speed-the-Plow was first produced on Broadway in 1988 featuring Madonna, Joe Mantegna and Ron Silver. A London revival at the Old Vic starred Kevin Spacey, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelley.

A founder of the Atlantic Theater Company, David Mamet's principal works include The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross (Pulitzer Prize), Boston Marriage, Edmond, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow and The Cryptogram (Obie Award). He recently adapted The Voysey Inheritance for the Atlantic and is currently represented on Broadway with the acclaimed political comedy November.

This coming season will also see a revival of Mamet's American Buffalo starring John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer and directed by Robert Falls.

The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street. Tickets will be sold through Telecharge, (212) 239-6200 or www.telecharge.com.