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Marylouise Burke & Gary Wilmes to join Ethan Hawke & Paul Dano in True West on Broadway
The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Sam Shepard's True West begins performances at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre on December 27, 2018.
Roundabout Theatre Company has now confirmed complete casting for its forthcoming revival of Sam Shepard's True West, which is set to begin previews on December 27, 2018, at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre, ahead of an official opening on January 24 and a limited engagement through to March 17, 2019.
Joining previously announced Oscar & Tony Award nominee Ethan Hawke (as Lee) and Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano (as Austin) will be Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke (as Mom) and Obie Award winner Gary Wilmes (as Saul Kimmer).
Ms. Burke has previously appeared on the Great White Way in Larry David's Fish in the Dark in 2015, 2007's Is He Dead?, the 2002 revival of Sondheim's Into the Woods, and she made her Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of Inherit the Wind. She won a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Fuddy Meers in 2000 and earned a Drama Desk nomination for Kimberly Akimbo in 2003. She was last seen on the New York stage in Signature Theatre's 2017 production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Everybody.
Mr. Wilmes can currently be seen in Second Stage Theater's New York premiere Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts. He previously made his Broadway debut as Daniel Cavanaugh in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish in 2011. His other off-Broadway credits include Roundabout's 2017 production of If I Forget, the Public Theater productions of Straight White Men and Gatz in 2014 and 2010, respectively, and an Obie Award-winning performance in Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter at the Barrow Street Theatre in 2006.
Synopsis: "Opposites attack in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think. Holed up in their mother’s California house, screenwriter Austin (Mr. Dano) and lowlife Lee (Mr. Hawke) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster...Shepard’s rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway, gleefully detonating our misguided myths of family, identity and the American Dream."
Under the direction of James Macdonald, the creative team behind True West features scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Kaye Voyce, and lighting design by Jane Cox.
The RTC production marks the first-ever Broadway revival of True West, which originally premiered on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre in March 2000 and received four Tony Award nominations.
Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano have previously collaborated together both on stage and screen. The pair acted alongside each other in the film "Taking Lives" and Mr. Hawke also directed Mr. Dano on stage in a production of Things We Want.
Ethan Hawke received a Tony Award nomination in 2007 for his performances as Michael Bakunin in the 3-part play The Coast of Utopia. He has also appeared on Broadway in The Seagull (1992-93), Henry V, and in the title role of Macbeth (2013-14). His most notable screen credits in his prolific career include Oscar-nominated turns in "Training Day" and "Boyhood", the role of Jesse in the film trilogy "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset," and "Before Midnight," as well as roles in "Gattaca," "Assault on Precinct 13," "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "Sinister," "Reality Bites," "Dead Poets Society," and the title role in the 2000 film adaptation of "Hamlet".
Paul Dano has previously appeared on Broadway in A Free Man of Color (2010-11), Inherit the Wind (1996), and in A Month in the Country (1995), making his Broadway debut at the age of 10. On screen, he received a Golden Globe nomination in 2016 for "Love & Mercy" and earned a BAFTA nomination in 2008 for "There Will Be Blood". He is also known for his performances in "12 Years a Slave," "Prisoners," and "Little Miss Sunshine".