Second Stage Theater presents the Steppenwolf Theatre production of Linda Vista (in association with Center Theatre Group), written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts and directed by Dexter Bullard, as part of its 2019-2020 Broadway season.
As a playwright, Tracy Letts took the Broadway scene by storm in 2007 with his widely celebrated and critically acclaimed drama August: Osage County, which went on to scoop the Tony Award for “Best Play” and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008. Letts has forged a fruitful relationship with Second Stage Theater in recent years, with the company staging his plays Man from Nebraska (itself a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Mary Page Marlowe at the Tony Kiser Theater in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Now, this relationship continues to grow and expands to Broadway with this New York premiere of Linda Vista.
Hoping perhaps to replicate the astonishing success of August: Osage County, Letts has drafted a few familiar faces to fill a number of roles in Linda Vista, including cast members Sally Murphy, Jim True-Frost, Troy West, and, of course, Ian Barford, who takes on the central role of Wheeler in this new dark comedy. All of the aforementioned actors appeared in the Broadway production of August: Osage County and now reunite with the playwright for another Broadway venture.
Ian Barford, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company member since 2007, made his short-lived Broadway debut in 1994 in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, before finding success with August: Osage County in 2007. He has also starred in the ground-breaking Broadway premiere of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, as well as a dozen production at Steppenwolf in Chicago.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)