Joan Allen will join Elaine May, Michael Cera & Lucas Hedges in The Waverly Gallery on Broadway
The Waverly Gallery begins performances at Broadway's Golden Theatre on September 25, 2018.
Tony Award winner & 3-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen has been cast in the previously announced Broadway premiere of Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan's 2001 Pulitzer Prize Finalist memory play The Waverly Gallery, which begins previews at the Golden Theatre on September 25, 2018, ahead of an official opening on October 25. She joins cast members Grammy Award winner, and Oscar & Golden Globe nominee, Elaine May, one half of the legendary comedy duo, Nichols and May, as Gladys Green, Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (as Daniel Reed) and Michael Cera (as Don Bowman).
Ms. Allen won a Tony Award in 1988 for her Broadway debut as Anna Mann in Burn This and earned a Tony nomination the following year for her performance as Heidi Holland in the Broadway premiere of The Heidi Chronicles. She was last seen on the Great White Way as Katharine Keenan in 2009's Impressionism. On screen, she has earned Academy Award nominations for "The Contender" (2001), "The Crucible" (1997), and "Nixon" (1996) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations for "Georgia O'Keeffe". Other notable screen credits include "Room,"Death Race," "The Mists of Avalon," "Pleasantville," "Face/Off," and the "Bourne" movie franchise, among others.
Synopsis: "The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s final battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, The Waverly Gallery captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis."
Under the direction of Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Lila Neugebauer (who will be making her Broadway debut with the production), the creative team features scenic design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony & Academy Award winner Ann Roth, and lighting design by five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt.
The Waverly Gallery staged its world premiere in August 1999 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 1999, and subsequently transferred to Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre in March 2000. The Broadway premiere is produced by Scott Rudin.
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