The Master Builder on 42nd Street? Shawn and Gregory Reteaming on Ibsen Classic

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Wallace Shawn — currently on the Broadway boards with his adaptation of The Threepenny Opera — will reteam with his "Vanya on 42nd Street" collaborator Andre Gregory on Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder.

"It's the same style of working," revealed actress Brooke Smith (Off-Broadway's upcoming Some Girl(s)), who appeared in the previous Chekhov and will play Kaja Fosli in the forthcoming Ibsen — set to begin filming in the fall.

"We're in our seventh year of rehearsal. It's not your typical production. Wally Shawn is in it, he plays the master builder, Julie Haggerty is in it. We rehearse in Andre's living room and one of these days we'll finish it."

"Vanya on 42nd Street" filmed a stage version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Gregory, Shawn and other stars Julianne Moore, Larry Pine and more rehearsed over the course of four years, then put up the show for select invited guests and director Louis Malle filmed it. Gregory and Shawn has previously teamed for "My Dinner with Andre" and more recently on The Designated Mourner.

In Ibsen's The Master Builder, thought to be autobiographical, the title elder architect is rejuvenated by a free-spirited woman many years his junior. The married man also woos his young office manager who happens to be engaged to one of his most promising apprentices.

Smith — who will play Seattle housewife Sam in Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) — has appeared on stage in Stop Kiss (The Public Theater), Walking the Dead and The Triumph of Love (McCarter Theatre). She is known for her turn as Catherine Martin, the young captive in "The Silence of the Lambs." She earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as Sonya in Louis Malle's "Vanya on 42nd Street." Other work includes "Kansas City," "Last Summer in the Hamptons," "The Night We Never Met," "Mr. Wonderful," "The Moderns," "Trees Lounge," "Random Hearts," "Melinda and Melinda" and "In Her Shoes."

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