Lincoln Center Theater will bring London's Royal National Theatre production of Martin Sherman's Rose to Broadway, beginning March 28. Starring Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, Rose will run eight and a half weeks at the Lyceum Theatre, officially opening April 12. Nancy Meckler will direct.
Rose was a hit in London, running at the RNT for six months. The play represented Dukakis' London debut.
Given the rigors involved with performing the one-woman show, Dukakis will do seven shows each week, rather than eight. The schedule will include Monday evening shows and a Saturday matinee.
Rose is the postwar story of a Jewish diaspora, as told by an immigrant woman who has traveled from the Ukraine to Miami Beach. While sitting shiva for a loved one left unnamed until the final moments of the play, the eponymous Rose tells of her childhood in a Russian shtetl, marriage and terror in the Warsaw ghetto, the Exodus to aborning Israel, a second marriage in Atlantic City, success as a hotelier in Miami, and, finally, disillusionment with contemporary Jewish culture.
Martin Sherman, who lives in Britain, was last on Broadway 20 years ago when his drama, Bent, received a Tony nomination for Best Play. Dukakis last appeared on Broadway in Social Security, directed by Mike Nichols, in 1986. She won an Oscar for her performance in 1987's "Moonstruck," and has since appeared in the films "Steel Magnolias," "Dad," "Look Who's Talking," "Mighty Aphrodite" and "Picture Perfect." She ran the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ, from 1971 until it closed in 1990. She is married to actor Louis Zorich.
For information on Rose at the Lyceum Theatre through May 20, call (212) 239 6200.