The 1989 play is part of the Kennedy Center's Nights at the Opera, a five-week celebration of McNally's plays that also includes the premiere of Golden Age and his Tony-winning drama Master Class, starring Tony winner Tyne Daly.
Ashley (Memphis, Give It Up!, Xanadu) directs Lisbon Traviata, which will run March 20-April 11. An official opening has been set for March 25.
Glover, who earned a Tony Award for his work in McNally's Love! Valour Compassion!, will appear as opera queen Mendy, with Gets (The Story of My Life, A New Brain) as Stephen and Hartl (Primrose, Nicholas Nickleby) as his partner Paul.
According to press notes, "The Lisbon Traviata places the two faces of classic theater, comedy and tragedy, in stark relief. Stephen especially adores Maria Callas and dishing the latest gossip with his best friend, Mendy, a wildly flamboyant and catty opera queen. They talk late into the night in an attempt to distract Stephen from his unraveling relationship with his partner. When Stephen returns home to confront his lover, a tragedy erupts on the scale of a grand opera."
The production will have set design by Derek McLane, costume design by David Woolard, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg and sound design by John Gromada. McNally earned Tony Awards for his plays Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion!, as well as the books to the musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. His works also include The Ritz; Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Deuce; Some Men; Corpus Christi; Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams; The Lisbon Traviata; The Rink; A Man of No Importance; and The Full Monty. Golden Age is currently playing its world-premiere engagement at the Philadelphia Theatre Company prior to its Kennedy Center bow.
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