Heartless, Sam Shepard's New California-Set Play, Opens in NYC; Gary Cole, Lois Smith Star

The world-premiere production of Sam Shepard's Heartless, directed by Daniel Aukin for New York City's Signature Theatre Company, already extended by two weeks, officially opens Aug. 27 following previews from Aug. 7.

Betty Gilpin and Lois Smith
Betty Gilpin and Lois Smith (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The staging features Jenny Bacon ( In the Wake), Gary Cole ("Office Space," "The West Wing"), Betty Gilpin ( We Live Here), Julianne Nicholson ("Boardwalk Empire," This) and Lois Smith ( The Illusion, The Trip to Bountiful, Broadway's Buried Child).

The Off-Broadway production sold out its initial run, and now continues to Sept. 30 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

In the play, according to Signature notes, "Sally [played by Nicholson] lives with her mysterious family in a cavernous home overlooking Los Angeles. When a visitor arrives, Sally's dark secrets — and the secrets of those around her — threaten to come into the light."

Pulitzer Prize winner Shepard ( A Lie of the Mind, Curse of the Starving Class, True West, Buried Child) was Signature's 1996-97 Playwright-in-Residence.

The production team includes Eugene Lee (scenic designer), Kaye Voyce (costume designer), Tyler Micoleau (lighting designer) and Eric Shimelonis (sound designer). Donald Fried is production stage manager.

To purchase tickets, call the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.


Subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2012-13 season, which will also include plays by David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin and David Shiner, Regina Taylor, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson.

Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25, part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable and accessible tickets to every Signature production for the next 20 years.

Gary Cole and Julianne Nicholson
Gary Cole and Julianne Nicholson (Photo by Joan Marcus)