Michael Cera, Elaine May & Lucas Hedges

Elaine May, Lucas Hedges & Michael Cera to star in The Waverly Gallery on Broadway

The Broadway premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's memory play The Waverly Gallery begins performances at the Golden Theatre on September 25, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Scott Rudin presents the Broadway premiere of Academy Award 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.

Grammy Award winner, and Oscar & Golden Globe nominee, Elaine May, one half of the legendary comedy duo, Nichols and May, will star as Gladys Green, with Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges and Michael Cera taking on the roles of Daniel Reed and Don Bowman, respectively.

Elaine May previously appeared at Broadway's Golden Theatre in An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May and her other Broadway credits include The Office, Taller Than a Dwarf, After the Night and the Music, and Relatively Speaking.

Lucas Hedges is set to make his Broadway debut with the production. He previously appeared off-Broadway in MCC Theater's Yen and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea". His other screen credits include "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Lady Bird".

Michael Cera will appear in his third Kenneth Lonergan play, following his Broadway debut in This Is Our Youth and his current role in Lobby Hero. His screen credits include "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "Arrested Development," and "Superbad".

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.

(Photos by Bruce Glikas & Emilio Madrid-Kuser)

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