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News Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino Headline Williams Drama Suddenly Last Summer Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer this fall.
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Mark Brokaw (The Constant Wife) directs the work to begin previews Oct. 20 and open Nov. 15 for a limited run at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre through Jan. 21, 2007.

In Williams' psychological drama, Danner stars as "the formidable Mrs. Venable, an aging widow distraught over the mysterious death of her son," according to a release. "When the young cousin (Gugino) traveling with him begins raising scandalous allegations, Mrs. Venable will stop at nothing to preserve her son's reputation."

More casting and a design team will be announced shortly.

In other Roundabout news, Variety reported that Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan may star in an upcoming Studio 54 revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times. Roundabout officials could not confirm this.

Danner is currently nominated again for her Emmy Award-winning turn on Showtime's "HUFF." On stage, she earned a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and was further nominated for performances in A Streetcar Named Desire, Betrayal and Follies. A stage veteran, she has also appeared in the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing as well as Williamstown Theatre Festival runs of The Sea Gull, The Royal Family and more. Her movie roles include "1776," "The Great Santini," "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Meet the Parents" and "Sylvia." Gugino, was previously seen at Roundabout in After the Fall. The actress is known for her work on television and film including big screen credits in "Sin City," the "Spy Kids" trilogy, "The Singing Detective," "The One," "Judas Kiss," "Snake Eyes" and the upcoming "Night at the Museum." She starred in the television series "Karen Sisco," appeared on "Chicago Hope" and was also Michael J. Fox's original girlfriend on TV's "Spin City."

Brokaw — who directed last season's The Constant Wife with Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave for the Roundabout — has also staged Reckless and Off Broadway's Baltimore Waltz, The Long Christmas Ride Home, How I Learned to Drive, Lobby Hero, This Is Our Youth, The Dying Gaul and As Bees in Honey Drown among others. He also directed the world premiere of the new musical Marty with John C. Reilly at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company and A Little Night Music in the Sondheim Celebration at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

Suddenly Last Summer made its premiere Off-Broadway Jan. 7, 1958 as part of a double-bill titled Garden District with another Williams work Something Unspoken. The play was adapted into the 1959 screenplay by Williams and Gore Vidal for the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift.

Up next at Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre will be the American premieres of Patrick Marber's Howard Katz starring Alfred Molina as the title character under the direction of Doug Hughes (previews from Feb. 2, 2007 and opens March 8) and Brian Friel's The Home Place, directed by Joe Dowling, in the spring/summer.

Tickets to Suddenly Last Summer at the Laura Pels, 111 West 46 Street, will be available in September by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300 or online at

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