Jason Robards was first mentioned as the star of Jon Robin Baitz' new play Ten Unknowns. But then, so was Ethan Hawke. As it turns out, neither will be in the drama, set to begin performances Feb. 26, 2001. Instead, Donald Sutherland and Justin Kirk will appear, reported The New York Times. Also in the cast is Denis O'Hare. They join the earlier announced Julianna Margulies.
Playbill On-Line first reported the addition of Baitz' new drama to the LCT roster in March of 2001. Ten Unknowns will run through April 15.
In the play, Sutherland will play a once promising, now obscure painter, living in Mexico. Margulies is a researcher studying a breed of frog that is on the verge of extinction. The two meet and become lovers.
Sutherland recently appeared in Enigma Variations in London. At one point, the play had Broadway aspirations, but those were perhaps halted when the show earned largely negative reviews in the West End. Sutherland's last appearance on the New York stage was in Edward Albee's short-lived Lolita.
Kirk starred in the original cast of Love! Valour! Compassion!. O'Hare, whose Broadway credits include Cabaret, recently played Macbeth at Hartford Stage. *
Baitz's A Fair Country was seen at LCT a few seasons back. Since then, Manhattan Theatre Club has staged his Mizlansky/Zilinsky, while his adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler was seen in L.A., in a staging starring Annette Bening, and will soon come to Broadway in a production featuring Kate Burton. Baitz's other works include The Film Society and The Substance of Fire.
Robards last New York appearance was in Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre. Other recent stage turns have included Pinter's Old Times and Horowitz's Park the Car in Harvard Yard. Robards if famous for creating or recreating many characters in the O'Neill canon, including Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh. He also appeared in the original production of Arthur Miller's After the Fall and won a Tony for his performance in The Disenchanted.
--By Robert Simonson