Relatively Speaking, One-Acts By Woody Allen, Ethan Coen, Elaine May, Heading to Broadway

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17 May 2011

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
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One-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May are heading to Broadway.

Entitled Relatively Speaking, previews are scheduled to begin at a Broadway theatre to be announced in September with an official opening in October.

John Turturro will direct the production, which will be produced by Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson.

Titles of the one-acts are "Talking Cure" by Ethan Coen, "George Is Dead" by Elaine May and "Honeymoon Motel" by Woody Allen.

About his contribution to the evening, Woody Allen told the New York Times, "It's a broad comedy, for laughs, no redeeming social value...We're in the process of casting it." The playwright will not be among the cast.



The production will mark the Broadway playwriting debut of  Coen and the Broadway directorial debut of Turturro, who was seen on Broadway in Lifex3 .

Among Woody Allen's films are "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Husbands and Wives," "Love and Death," "Stardust Memories," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and many more (about one a year since the 1970s). His plays include Don't Drink the Water (1966), Death Knocks (1968), Play It Again, Sam (1969), Death (1975), God (1975), The Query (1976), My Apology (1980), The Floating Light Bulb (1981), Death Defying Acts (1995), Writer's Block (2003) and A Second Hand Memory (2004).

Ethan Coen's plays include Offices and Almost an Evening. He has made numerous films with his brother Joel, including the Academy Award-winning "No Country for Old Men" and "Fargo," plus "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading."

Elaine May started her career in The Second City, where she began a successful partnership with Mike Nichols. The two appeared in clubs, on TV and Broadway. May earned a Drama Desk Award for her play Adaptation, a one-act which she directed along with Terrence McNally's Next. Other plays that she has penned include Death Defying Acts, Taller than a Dwarf, Adult Entertainment, Power Plays and After the Night and the Music. She wrote, directed and starred in her first film, "A New Leaf," with Walter Matthau. She wrote and directed "Mikey & Nicky," starring Peter Falk and John Cassavetes. She directed "The Heartbreak Kid" and received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of "Heaven Can Wait." Her acting credits in film include "California Suite," "Enter Laughing," "In the Spirit" and "Small Time Crooks" (National Film Critics Award). She wrote the screenplays for "The Birdcage" and "Primary Colors" (British Academy of Film and Television Award), which reunited her with Mike Nichols, who directed both films.