Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Keri Russell will join previously announced Adam Driver in the first Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1987 drama Burn This, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer. Russell and Driver were both part of a 2016 benefit reading of Tape at Studio 54, and will be seen together in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, slated for release in 2019.
Burn This will begin performances in March 2019, at a theatre yet to be announced.
Russell, who will appear on Broadway for the first time, returns to the New York stage after making her Off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig. Recent screen roles include Antlers, directed by Scott Cooper, and FX's The Americans, for which she has just received her third Emmy nomination. She was also the star of the original Waitress film, which has been adapted into a Broadway musical.
In Burn This, Pale (Driver), a dangerously sexy restaurant owner, falls for a dancer named Anna (Russell). Set in downtown New York in the 1980s, the story follows their troubled relationship in the wake of a shared tragedy—the death of Pale’s brother and Anna’s roommate and dance partner.
The original production of Burn This premiered Off-Broadway in 1987 starring John Malkovich as Pale and Joan Allen as Anna. The play transferred to Broadway that same year for a critically-acclaimed run at the Plymouth Theatre, earning Allen a Tony Award for her performance.
Driver made his Broadway debut in 2010 as Frank Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and the following year, played Basil Anthony in Terence Rattigan’s Man and Boy. He is currently starring in Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman.
The 2019 Broadway revival is produced by David Binder.