Tony Award winner Blair Brown (Orange Is The New Black, Copenhagen, Nikolai and the Others) has joined the cast of The Parisian Woman on Broadway this fall.
As previously reported, The Parisian Woman will mark the Broadway debuts of both Oscar nominee Uma Thurman and playwright Beau Willimon and will also star Josh Lucas.
The new play by the House of Cards writer is inspired by Henry Becque’s late 19th century comedy La Parisienne and will be directed by Amélie director Pam MacKinnon. Opening night for the limited engagement is set for November 30 at a theatre to be announced. Further casting, design team, and preview dates will be announced at a later date.
In The Parisian Woman, a tale of drama and politics set in present-day Washington D.C., Thurman and Lucas will play a power couple angling to secure an important judicial post.
“In Washington, D.C., powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election,“ read production notes for the play. “At the center is Chloe (Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and stakes couldn't be higher.“
Brown will play the role of Jeanette Simpson, the soon-to-be Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, nominated by the President. She’s described as a “formidable power-player with a taste for mischief.”
“The play is about Chloe's self-reckoning,“ commented Willimon in a press statement. “It's about her relationship to personal responsibility and love in these troubled times. How does she go from suppressing her moral compass to actually following its needle? How does she fight cynicism rather than submit to it? The play is set in the here and now, immersed in the shifting sands we're experiencing daily.“
The Parisian Woman was commissioned and developed by The Flea Theater in New York City and was originally produced by South Coast Repertory. The play has since gone through significant rewrites to reflect the changing political climate.
“After the 2016 election I felt the need to completely rework the play,“ continues Willimon. “The core remains the same, but given its setting and milieu, there was an opportunity to address our current political landscape through Chloe's lens. To put a sharper edge on her journey. It's a different play than the version Pam MacKinnon and I originally put on stage. One of the things I love about the theater is that you can respond to the present moment in real time. We're excited to take on that challenge.“
The Broadway engagement of The Parisian Woman will be produced by Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, and Steve Traxler.