Ian Barford will return to the role of Wheeler in the Broadway premiere of Tracy Letts' Linda Vista this fall. Barford originated the part in the world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2017 and played him again in a 2019 production at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Linda Vista, as previously announced, will be directed by Dexter Bullard, a fellow Steppenwolf ensemble member to playwright Letts. Performances will begin September 19 at Second Stage Theater's Hayes Theater ahead of an October 10 opening.
Barford, who is also a Steppenwolf theatre member, originated roles in a number of Letts plays: August: Osage County, Mary Page Marlowe, and The Minutes. In Linda Vista, he takes on Wheeler,a 50-year-old man whose marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. When he makes the move from the cot in his ex-wife’s garage to his own apartment, a world of new possibilities for love, sex, and redemption become available to him.
Barford will be joined on Broadway by Sally Murphy, Caroline Neff, Cora Vander Broek, and Troy West, who are all reprising their roles from the Chicago and L.A. productions as well. Chantal Thuy is reprising her role from the L.A. run, and Jim True-Frost is new to the cast.
The limited engagement is scheduled for eight weeks. The Broadway premiere is presented in association with Steppenwolf Theatre and Center Theatre Group. The staging will feature scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Laura Bauer, lighting design by Marcus Doshi, sound design by Richard Woodbury, and casting by Telsey + Co.