Tom Stoppard's New Take on Heroes Opens in Los Angeles April 18

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Tom Stoppard's translation of Gérald Sibleyras' Heroes — starring Richard Benjamin, Len Cariou and George Segal — officially opens its American premiere April 18 at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse.
Richard Benjamin stars in G
Richard Benjamin stars in G Photo by Michael Lamont

Thea Sharrock (Equus) directs the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award-winning comedy, which began previews April 10 at the California company's home for a run scheduled through May 27.

Sibleyras' play Le Vent des Peupliers centers around three "decorated soldiers growing old in a Parisian veterans home set in 1959," according to an announcement for the work that mixes "nostalgia, camaraderie and old war wounds with a bit of curmudgeonry."

The translated work debuted in London at the Wyndham's Theatre in October 2005 with Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and Ken Stott in a production also directed by Sharrock. It garnered the 2006 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Benjamin has played on Broadway in The Star Spangled Girl, The Little Black Book and The Norman Conquests Trilogy: Table Manners; Living Together; Round and Round the Garden. Other credits include Power Plays, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple and the films "Diary of a Mad Housewife," "Catch-22" and "The Sunshine Boys," among others.

Cariou has been seen on Broadway in Proof, The Dinner Party, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause and The Speed of Darkness and Off-Broadway in Mountain, Papa, Master Class and Measure for Measure. His national tour credits include Show Boat and Copenhagen. For the Geffen he has appeared in All My Sons and Rose and Walsh. On film Cariou has been seen in "Flags of Our Fathers," "Thirteen Days," "About Schmidt" and more. Segal has been seen in Broadway's Gideon, Rattle of a Simple Man, Requiem for a Heavyweight and Art. He is perhaps better known for his film work, which includes "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," "No Way to Treat a Lady," "Where's Poppa?," "A Touch of Class," "Look Who's Talking," "For the Boys," "Flirting with Disaster," "The Mirror Has Two Faces," "The Heights" and more.

Sharrock directed the current London production of Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe at the Gielgud Theatre. Other credits include Voyage Round My Father, Private Lives, Don Juan, Blithe Spirit and Betrayal. She currently serves as artistic director for The Gate Theatre.

The Geffen Playhouse next presents Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (May 5-July 15) and Hershey Felder's George Gershwin Alone (June 5-July 22).

Tickets to Heroes at the Geffen Playhouse, located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA, can be purchased by calling (310) 208-5454 or online at

Len Cariou, George Segal and Richard Benjamin in the American premiere of <i>Heroes</i> at the Geffen Playhouse.
Len Cariou, George Segal and Richard Benjamin in the American premiere of Heroes at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael Lamont
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