Cherry Jones Is Mrs. Warren, Olympia Dukakis Is Milk Train's Memoirist for Roundabout

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Two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones and Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis will add texture to the 2010-11 season of the not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company. Jones will star in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession on Broadway, and Dukakis will star in an Off-Broadway run of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore.
Cherry Jones and Olympia Dukakis
Cherry Jones and Olympia Dukakis Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Tony Award winner Doug Hughes will reunite with Jones, his Doubt leading lady, who will play infamous brothel owner Mrs. Warren, whose business success has kept her daughter well dressed, fed and schooled. The controversial play will begin Sept. 3 at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre. Jones won the Best Actress Tony for her work in Doubt and The Heiress. She's currently playing the President of the United States in the FOX TV series "24."

Michael Wilson and Dukakis will return to a Williams play that they revived at Hartford Stage in 2008; the new production falls in the centennial year of Williams' birth. Dukakis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Moonstruck."

Previews for The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore begin Jan. 7, 2011, at the Laura Pels Theatre on West 46th Street. The play is billed as "a haunting drama [that] takes place at the picturesque Italian mountaintop home of Flora Goforth." There, Flora is a wealthy American widow who has detached from the world in order to write her memoirs. When a handsome and mysterious young visitor arrives without warning to keep Flora company in her final hours, "this dreamlike play blossoms into a fascinating meditation on life and death," according to Roundabout.

Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes also announced dates for previously mentioned productions:

Kimberly Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still will begin Sept. 10 and open Oct. 3 at Black Box Theatre as part of the Roundabout Underground program. Sam Gold directs. The comedy follows the story of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who expects the perfect career and life to fall into place immediately upon earning her masters degree in art therapy. She finds herself unemployed, overwhelmed and back at home hiding out in her twin-sized childhood bed. Julia Cho's The Language Archive, winner of the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for outstanding new English-language play by a woman, will begin Sept. 24 and open Oct. 17 at the Laura Pels Theatre. Mark Brokaw directs the New York City premiere of the Roundabout commission. It's billed as "a poignant and quirky comedy that seems to prove love is the one language that can leave us all at a loss for words." In the play, "George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn't know what to say to his wife, Mary, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn't recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant, Emma, has for him."

The new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, inspired by a 2009 production at Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, will begin Dec. 20 and open Jan. 13, 2011, at the American Airlines Theatre. Brian Bedford directs and stars as Lady Bracknell in the famous English comedy of proper manners and mistaken identity.

Additional cast members and creative teams for all productions will be announced shortly.

Single tickets for Mrs. Warren's Profession will be available to the general public in the summer of 2010. Single tickets for The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore will be available to the general public in the fall of 2010.

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