Glen Berger’s one-man play, in which Schiff plays a Danish librarian who attempts to trace the borrower of a book that is overdue by a 113 years, opens at the West End’s Duchess Theatre on Feb. 12, 2007, following previews from Feb. 7.
Directed by Maria Mileaf, this production of Underneath the Lintel, which is booking in London until April 14, 2007, premiered at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse Jan. 10, 2006.
Berger has said his play, which invokes the myth of the Wandering Jew, was inspired by Klezmer/Yiddish music.
Schiff began his career as a theatre director in New York where he founded the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, directing Off-Broadway productions, including Antigone starring Angela Bassett. As well as winning an Emmy for “The West Wing,” Schiff has also appeared in such movies as ”I Am Sam,” “Hoffa” and “The Hudsucker Proxy.”
Mileaf’s directorial credits include The Argument, Going to St. Ives and Laugh I Thought I’d Die. Underneath the Lintel is presented in London by Michael Edwards and Carole Winter, whose previous West End production was David Harrower’s Blackbird.