PHOTO CALL: Patti LuPone and Debra Winger Star in David Mamet's The Anarchist on Broadway

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30 Nov 2012

The world premiere of David Mamet's two-actor drama The Anarchist, starring Patti LuPone as an inmate serving a life sentence and Debra Winger as the woman who must determine whether she is fit for parole, began Broadway performances Nov. 13 at the Golden Theatre.

Tony Award-nominated and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow) also directs the 90-minute play that takes its inspiration from figures from the American political scene of the 1960s. It officially opens Dec. 2. The production is scheduled for a 14-week run through Feb. 17, 2013.



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Patti LuPone and Debra Winger
Photo by Joan Marcus



According to producers, "LuPone plays the title character and Winger plays a prison official. These actresses will make theatrical fireworks as one character, put away for life, wants out while the other wants to make sure she stays inside. This explosive new work by Mamet is about passion, redemption, deception, and revolution."

LuPone, a Tony Award winner for Evita and Gypsy, has a long history with Mamet. The two first worked together on his drama The Woods in 1977. LuPone's Mamet appearances also include The Water Engine, Edmond, The Old Neighborhood and the film "State and Main." (LuPone will also be part of Playbill's third Broadway on the High Seas cruise, which sets sail Aug. 4, 2013, from Stockholm, Sweden.)



The Anarchist marks Winger's Broadway debut. She is a three-time Academy Award nominee for "Terms of Endearment," "Shadowlands" and "An Officer and a Gentleman." Her stage appearances include The Exonerated, How I Learned to Drive and Ivanov.

The Anarchist has scenic and costume design by Academy Award winner Patrizia Von Brandenstein and lighting by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter. The premiere is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Howard and Janet Kagan.

Visit theanarchistbroadway.com. The Golden Theatre is located at 252 West 45th Street.