August's Shapiro to Direct Broadway Revival of You Can't Take It with You

News   August's Shapiro to Direct Broadway Revival of You Can't Take It with You
Anna Shapiro, who won a Tony Award for her direction of August: Osage County, will direct a Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's You Can't Take It with You next season.
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Performances will begin Nov. 5 with an official opening Nov. 14 at a Broadway theatre to be announced. Producers are Elizabeth Ireland McCann and Joey Parnes. The production will originate at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, Sept. 24-Oct. 24 pending the conclusion of negotiations.

Casting will be announced at a later date.

Moss and Kaufman's play, according to press notes, "portrays the colorful, freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter's fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to the Sycamore residence for dinner on the wrong night. Literal and figurative fireworks erupt over the course of the evening in a household that appears to be a madhouse but proves, in fact, to be the opposite: a sanctuary from the lunacies of the outside world."

You Can't Take It with You received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937. The play was last seen on Broadway in 1983.

In a statement director Shapiro said, "It's a personal thrill to be involved in the revival of You Can't Take It With You. There is so much joy and laughter in the play and for me, right now, so much meaning. Because it's not just an American confection - it isn't - it's an American masterpiece. At its core it's about the actual practicality of being able to look within one's family - not without - for guidance, love, acceptance and happiness in the rat race with all the rats."

Anna Shapiro won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for August: Osage County, having directed the play's premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. Her numerous other credits include Iron at Manhattan Theatre Club, Jon Robin Baitz's A Fair Country at the Huntington Theatre Company and Bruce Norris' The Pain and the Itch at Steppenwolf.

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