Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) and Tony nominee Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty, Sneaky Pete) will star in The New Group’s upcoming world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s Happy Talk, previously titled Yea, Sister!
Directed by Scott Elliott, previews will begin April 30 prior to an official opening May 16 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street). Additional casting will be announced later.
The play follows Lorraine (Sarandon), a saint of the suburbs. On top of trying to save her dying mother, miserable husband, and estranged daughter, she’s starring as Bloody Mary in the Jewish Community Center production of South Pacific. When her mother’s home aide, Serbian immigrant Ljuba (Ireland), asks for help finding a husband, Lorraine takes on her most challenging role to date: matchmaker.
The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 2. Tickets will go on sale March 4.
The production will include scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
Happy Talk reunites Eisenberg with The New Group, where previously he appeared in the world premiere of his play The Spoils (also directed by Elliott).