Saxe Joins Cast of Broadway's The Homecoming

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Gareth Saxe will join the cast of Broadway's upcoming revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, which already features Ian McShane, Eve Best, Raúl Esparza and Michael McKean.
Gareth Saxe
Gareth Saxe

Daniel Sullivan iss to direct the new Broadway staging. Previews start Nov. 23 and opening night is Dec. 9 at the Cort Theatre. The 20-week limited engagement will play through April 13, 2008.

Saxe will take on the role of Joey in the drama. The actor has previously been seen on stage in Off-Broadway's Richard III, The Winter's Tale and The Wax as well as regional productions of iWitness (Mark Taper Forum), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (American Conservatory Theatre), Pericles (Old Globe) and The Rivals (Huntington).

Set in North London, The Homecoming, according to press notes, "concerns the ultimate dysfunctional family, presided over by its patriarch Max (McShane). Living under his dilapidated roof are his younger brother Sam (McKean), and two of his sons: Lenny (Esparza), the town pimp, and Joey (Saxe), a boxer-in-training. Tensions begin to flair with the arrival of Max's eldest son Teddy, who returns home after six years with his new wife Ruth (Best). Seduction, betrayal, and divisiveness ensue, as the family welcomes the homecoming of its estranged brother and vies for the attention of his dangerously alluring wife."

The design team will feature set designer Eugene Lee, lighting designer Kenneth Posner and costume designer Jess Goldstein.

Broadway has played home to the classic Pinter pauses in recent years with revivals of The Caretaker in 2003 and Betrayal in 2001. Other plays include No Man's Land, The Room, Ashes to Ashes and Celebration. The Homecoming will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Harold Thau, Ronald Frankel, Barbara Freitag, Herb Goldsmith and Terry E. Schnuck.

The work premiered on Broadway in 1967 with Rosemary Beattie re-staging Peter Hall's original production from The Royal Shakespeare Company. Paul Rogers, Vivien Merchant and Ian Holm starred. The work earned Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Direction (for Hall) and acting honors for the three aforementioned stars.

The Cort Theatre is located in Manhattan at 138 West 48th Street.

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