The Realistic Joneses will mark the Broadway playwriting debut of Eno, whose works include Middletown, Title and Deed and the solo show Thom Pain (based on nothing), which was a 2004 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Performances are expected to begin in late February with a targeted late-March opening night.
The play about two suburban couples who share more than a surname will feature Letts as Bob and Tony and Academy Award nominee Collette (The Wild Party, "The Sixth Sense") as his wife Jennifer, with Hall ("Dexter," "Six Feet Under," Chicago) and Academy Award winner Tomei ("My Cousin Vinnie," "The Wrestler") as John and Pony, respectively.
Here's how the play was billed in its Yale premiere: "Meet Bob and Jennifer, and their new neighbors John and Pony, two suburban couples who have more in common than their identical homes and the same last name on their mailboxes."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.