Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, Celia Keenan-Bolger to lead 'Mother Play' on Broadway

Second Stage Theater will present this world-premiere play by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) at the Hayes Theater in April 2024.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, and Celia Keenan-Bolger will lead the cast of Mother Play, the spring Broadway production at Second Stage Theater. Performances begin April 3 ahead of an April 25 opening at the Hayes Theater.

Parsons and Keenan-Bolger will play Lange's adult children in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's world-premiere drama, directed by Tina Landau. In 1962 D.C., Phyllis (Lange) must cope with how Carl (Parsons) and Martha (Keenan-Bolger) forge their own paths, bucking her rigid expectations of what they should do and be to succeed.

The multi-award-winning Lange returns to the stage after building her Broadway career with classic shows like Long Day's Journey Into Night, which earned her a Tony. Her extensive screen career has earned her two Oscars (Tootsie, Blue Sky) and three Emmys (Grey Gardens, American Horror Story), and she's earned an additional four Oscar and 10 Emmy nods for her work.

Parsons is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, but his equally acclaimed stage credits include An Act of God, The Boys in the Band, The Normal Heart, and the 2022 Off-Broadway revival of A Man of No Importance.

Keenan-Bolger earned a Tony Award for playing Scout Finch in Aaron Sorkin's Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Her other Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher and The Glass Menagerie.

On the creative side, Mother Play will feature scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jen Schriever, and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.

Photo credit: Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, and Celia Keenan-Bolger. (Photos courtesy of production; Parsons photo by Jesse Dittmar)

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