Doug Hughes to Direct Broadway-Bound Farragut North

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Tony Award winner Doug Hughes will direct Beau Willimon's politically themed, Broadway-bound play Farragut North, according to Variety.
Doug Hughes
Doug Hughes

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Michael Filerman and Stuart Thompson, Farragut is aiming for a summer bow on Broadway at a theatre to be announced. No casting has been announced. Farragut, according to a previous Variety article, concerns "a young communications director who works for a fast-rising presidential candidate. During the course of the campaign, the idealistic young man falls prey to the backstabbing and other dirty trickery of seasoned rival politicos."

Farragut North takes its name from the Washington, D.C. subway station that is situated near K Street, where several lobbyists work. Playwright/screenwriter Willimon worked for Howard Dean during his 2004 presidential run. That experience informs the play.

Screen actor Jake Gyllenhaal took part in a previous reading of Farragut; he will not, however, be involved with the stage production. Variety had reported in October 2007 that Warner Bros. was developing a screen version of Farragut as a vehicle for actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Doug Hughes won a Tony Award for his direction of Doubt and was also Tony-nominated for his work on Frozen. He was represented on Broadway earlier this season with Mauritius, and his other Broadway directing credits include A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, A Touch of the Poet and Inherit the Wind. Hughes is also resident director of the Roundabout Theatre Company.

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