Two-time Tony nominee Penny Fuller will play the matriarch in the new play directed by Terry Kinney. The work will begin performances at the downtown Manhattan venue Feb. 6 with an opening night to be announced.
Silver's new drama centers on a troubled teacher who returns home to his family. A Vineyard veteran, the scribe has seen his previous works Pterodactyls, Maiden's Prayer, Raised In Captivity, The Altruists and Eros Trilogy staged at the Off Broadway space.
Fuller, currently appearing in the National Actors Theatre's Right You Are, has performed in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter and Neil Simon's The Dinner Party — for which she was Tony nominated. Her other nod came for her turn in Applause. Other credits include Rex, Cabaret and Barefoot in the Park.
Director Kinney helmed the recent revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway. He was applauded for his Chicago premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour. As an actor, he has performed on stage in The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child.
The Vineyard's current staging of the New York premiere of Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home received positive critical and audience response, selling out its 10-week run through Dec. 7. The Bunraku-inspired work directed by Mark Brokaw was filmed for the Lincoln Center Library last week. The production was unable to extend due to prior commitments for some cast members. (Randy Graff is currently rehearsing Fiddler on the Roof.) An oft-mentioned candidate for a Broadway or Off-Broadway transfer, sources have the show possibly returning to the stage in the spring of 2004.
Vineyard's other production scheduled for this season is the American premiere of Shinn's Where Do We Live. The playwright of Four and What Didn't Happen pens a tale of two young men who are neighbors in a Manhattan apartment building, but live in two different worlds.
For information about the Vineyard's productions, call the box office at (212) 353-0303 or visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.