Three One-Acts, By Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May, Aiming for Broadway in the Fall

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
01 Apr 2011

Ethan Coen
Ethan Coen
Photo by Doug Hamilton

One-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May are heading to Broadway, according to an Actors' Equity casting notice.

With a working title of Three One-Acts, previews are tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 20 at a Broadway theatre to be announced.

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

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

An official announcement about the production has yet to be made.



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.