Clayburgh Is a Mother and Minister in Premiere of The Busy World Is Hushed in NYC

News   Clayburgh Is a Mother and Minister in Premiere of The Busy World Is Hushed in NYC
Jill Clayburgh will make her Playwrights Horizons debut June 6 with the first preview of Keith Bunin's The Busy World Is Hushed, in which she plays a minister, Bible scholar and a mother.
Jill Clayburgh
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In the world premiere, Hannah, played by two-time Academy Award nominee, "finds her faith at odds with that of Thomas, her estranged, wayward son (Luke Macfarlane)," according to Playwrights Horizons. "But when an inquisitive young writer (Hamish Linklater) hired to assist Hannah with her latest publication learns painful secrets from Hannah's past, she spies a risky, unconventional opportunity for reconciliation."

Mark Brokaw (Reckless, Lobby Hero, How I Learned to Drive) directs on the PH Mainstage Theater on West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Opening night is June 25. June 7 is a Pay What You Can performance.

Bunin's plays include The Credeaux Canvas and The World Over, both seen at Playwrights Horizons.

This is Clayburgh's third New York stage appearance in a year, having starred in Broadway's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Barefoot in the Park. She was nominated for two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and two Emmy Awards for roles in "An Unmarried Woman," "Starting Over," "First Monday in October," "La Luna," "Hustling" and "Nip/Tuck."

Clayburgh is also remembered for Broadway's Pippin and The Rothschilds. She will be seen in the upcoming film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running with Scissors," scheduled for release in 2006. Hamish Linklater plays Matthew on CBS' new hit comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and appeared in Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons, the world premiere of The Violet Hour at South Coast Rep and in The Singing Forest at Long Wharf Theatre. Luke Macfarlane has been seen in FX's "Over There" and Juvenilia at Playwrights Horizons and Where Do We Live at The Vineyard.

The production will feature scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger and sound design and original music by Lewis Flinn. Production stage manager is David Sugarman.

The performance schedule for The Busy World Is Hushed will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $65.

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