Playwrights Horizons' Frank's Home to Begin Jan. 13; Peter Weller Stars

News   Playwrights Horizons' Frank's Home to Begin Jan. 13; Peter Weller Stars
Richard Nelson's Frank's Home, the new drama about famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, begins Manhattan performances Jan. 13, 2007, at Playwrights Horizons.
Peter Weller as Frank Lloyd Wright in the Chicago production of Frank's Home.
Peter Weller as Frank Lloyd Wright in the Chicago production of Frank's Home. Photo by Michael Brosilow

The New York City premiere follows a run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The cast and creative team reunite for the Off-Broadway bow, which officially opens Jan. 30.

Presented in association with The Goodman Theatre, Frank's Home is directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls (Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Aida), in his Playwrights Horizons debut.

Performances will continue through Feb. 18 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater, 416 W. 42nd Street.

Nelson's history with Playwrights Horizons includes the world premieres of the musicals James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical) and My Life with Albertine (with Ricky Ian Gordon), and the plays Franny's Way, The Vienna Notes (Obie Award) and Jungle Coup; the New York premiere of Rodney's Wife; and the American premiere of Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award for Best Play). He is the theatre company’s most produced writer.

In the new play, "it is summer 1923, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright has recently left Chicago for California, determined to embrace Hollywood's youthful zest and mend broken relationships with his adult children. Having recently completed his latest 'wonder of the world' — Tokyo's Imperial Hotel — Wright is poised to settle down and embrace his new home. But his splintered family still holds deep-seated resentments. Frank's Home is a lyrical, heartbreaking story about one of our greatest, if less than perfect, visionaries — a man who created a new architectural vocabulary, but couldn't create a home for himself and his family." The cast (as in Chicago) will feature stage and screen star Peter Weller as Frank Lloyd Wright, Broadway veteran Harris Yulin as Wright's mentor, Louis Sullivan; Chris Henry Coffey, Holley Fain, Mary Beth Fisher, Maggie Siff, Jeremy Strong and Jay Whittaker.

Frank's Home plays to Dec. 24 at The Goodman in Chicago.

The production features scenic design by two-time Tony nominee Thomas Lynch, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Michael Philippi and original music and sound design by Richard Woodbury. Production stage manager is Barclay Stiff.

The performance schedule for Frank's Home 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. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.

Pay What You Can Night for Frank's Home will be the first preview on Jan. 13 at 2:30 PM. These tickets are offered through a lottery system.

Names will be taken at the box office, 416 W. 42nd Street, in person on the day of the performance beginning at noon. A drawing will take place at 2 PM. Participants must be present with ID at the time names are drawn in order to be eligible for the lottery. Two tickets per person, cash-only, subject to availability, $5 per ticket suggested donation.

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The new play is among a number of recent stage projects that share the subject of the brilliant and troubled architect (1869-1959), known for his horizontal "prairie style" designs. Also fascinated by the man are the creators of the opera Shining Brow; Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright; the solo show Frank Lloyd Wright; and the musical Renewing Wright, among others.

The cast of <i>Frank's Home</i> at the Goodman Theatre.
The cast of Frank's Home at the Goodman Theatre. Photo by Michael Brosilow
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