It's The Late Henry Moss, it's a world premiere Sam Shepard play, and it's going to star Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson and Cheech Marin. The production, first mentioned back in February, now has a home; San Francisco's Magic Theatre will host the Shepard-directed play Nov. 7-Dec. 17 at the Theatre on the Square with an opening set for Nov. 14.
Nolte, a 1999 Academy Award nominee for "Affliction," most recently appeared in the Shepard film, "Simpatico," based on his play. Penn, up for a 2000 Academy Award in Woody Allen's "Sweet And Lowdown," was also nominated for 1996's "Dead Man Walking." Harrelson starred in the Roundabout Theatre's 1999 revival of The Rainmaker, after appearing in such films as "Natural Born Killers," "Kingpin" and his Academy Award-nominated turn as Larry Flynt in "The People vs. Larry Flynt." All three actors appeared in Terrence Malick's Academy Award nominated film, The Thin Red Line. Marin is best known for the 70's Cheech & Chong comedy team and comic film roles in "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Tin Cup" and "The Lion King." Also in the cast are Jim Gammon and Sheila Tousey. Gammon was Tony nominated for the Gary Sinise revival of Shepard's Buried Child, also performing in the playwright's Curse of the Starving Class and Simpatico Off Broadway.
Set in the Shepardian version of the American West, Henry Moss pits two brothers, Earl and Ray (Notle and Penn), against the memory of their father Henry (Gammon), whose family secrets and death are revealed in mysterious ways. Spicing up the comic mix are Marin's neighbor whose spends his time making the Mexican tripe and chili soup, Menudo, Harrelson's talkative cab driver, and a rhumba-dancing girlfriend (Tawsey).
Tickets are only available now through subscription (Packages are available for $250-$100). For information, call (415) 441-8822. Single tickets will go on sale at the end of July.
-- By Christine Ehren