Adam Driver

Adam Driver will return to Broadway in Lanford Wilson's Burn This in 2019

The "Star Wars" favorite will take on the role of Pale in the first-ever Broadway revival of the hit 1987 play.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Three-time Emmy Award nominee and "Star Wars" favorite Adam Driver will make a return to the Great White Way, when he takes on the role of Pale in the first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This. The new production, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, is expected to begin performances in 2019 at a yet-to-be-named Broadway theater.

Synopsis: Burn This tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are uprooted by a young dancer's accidental death. Set in downtown New York in the raw and gritty 1980s, the combustible drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of the dangerous, sexy, raw and demanding Pale and the modern dancer Anna, and their tempestuous relationship after the two iconoclasts are brought together in the wake of a life-changing personal tragedy.

Burn This is produced on Broadway by David Binder.

Additional casting and creative team information will be announced in the coming months.

Burn This originally premiered off-Broadway in 1987. The production starred John Malkovich as Pale and Joan Allen as Anna, and quickly transferred to Broadway's Plymouth Theatre in October of the same year. The critically acclaimed production ran for a total of 437 performances, closing on October 29, 1988 and Ms. Allen also won a Tony Award in 1988 for her efforts.

Adam Driver previously made his Broadway debut as Frank Gardner in the 2010 revival of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession. In 2011, he returned to Broadway to star as Basil Anthony in a revival of Terrence Rattigan's Man and Boy. His off-Broadway credits include playing Louis Johnson in the 2010 revival of Angels in America, Playwrights Horizons' 2009 production of The Retributionists, Classic Stage Company's 2010 production of The Forest, and, most recently, his Lucille Lortel Award-winning performance as Cliff Lewis in the 2012 Roundabout Theatre Company production of Look Back in Anger. He is widely known for his role as Kylo Ren in "Star Wars - The Force Awakens," which he reprises in the current release of "Star Wars - The Last Jedi". His other notable screen credits include his three-time Emmy Award-nominated recurring TV role as Adam Sackler on "Girls", as well as "Logan Lucky," "Paterson," "This Is Where I Leave You," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lincoln," and "J. Edgar," among many more.

(Photo by Mario Anzuoni)

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