The Anarchist: Patti Lupone and Laurie Metcalf to star in new Mamet play

Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel will produce the world premiere of The Anarchist, the new play about politics, money, religion and sex, written and directed by David Mamet.

The play, which marks the sixth collaboration between Richards, Frankel and Mamet, will arrive on Broadway in the fall of 2012 at a theatre to be announced.

The Anarchist will star two-time Tony Award winner Patti Lupone and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf.

Mamet recently directed HBO's 'Phil Spector biopic,' starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, which will premiere in 2012. Lupone returns to Broadway this fall in 'An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin', and Metcalf will star in the West End production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, opposite David Suchet, in April 2012.


David Mamet (playwright, Director), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 'Glengarry Glen Ross,' was last represented on Broadway with 'Race,' which he also directed. He has also written 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago,' 'Lakeboat,' 'The Water Engine,' 'The Duck Variations,' 'Reunion,' 'The Blue Hour,' 'The Shawl,' 'Bobby Gould in Hell,' 'Edmond,' 'Romance,' 'The Old Neighborhood' and the recent adaptation of 'The Voysey Inheritance.' A two-time Academy Award nominee for "The Verdict" and "Wag the Dog," Mamet's additional film credits include "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "The Untouchables," "Hoffa," "Ronin," "The Edge" and "We're No Angels." He is a member of New York's Atlantic Theater Company, which he founded in 1985 with William H. Macy.

Patti LuPone (Cathy) was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for her performance in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.' Other major Broadway credits: 'Gypsy' (Tony Award), 'Sweeney Todd' (Tony nomination), 'Anything Goes' (Tony nomination), 'Evita' (Tony Award) and 'The Robber Bridegroom' (Tony nomination). Major London stage credits: 'Les Misérables' (world premiere, Olivier Award), 'The Cradle Will Rock' (Olivier Award) and Sunset Boulevard (world premiere, Olivier nomination). TV: "Life Goes On," "Oz," "Frasier" (Emmy nomination), "Will & Grace," "Ugly Betty," "Passion" (Live From Lincoln Center), "Sweeney Todd" and "Candide" with the NY Philharmonic and "Mahagonny" (Great Performances) on PBS. Film: "Witness," "Driving Miss Daisy," "The 24 Hour Woman," "State and Main," "Heist," "Summer of Sam" and "City By the Sea." Recordings: many cast albums and her solo CDs "Patti LuPone Live," "Matters of the Heart," "The Lady With the Torch" and "Patti LuPone at Les Mouches."

Laurie Metcalf (Ann) is an original member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, now in its 37th season. She first appeared in New York in Lanford Wilson's 'Balm in Gilead' at the Circle Rep Theatre in 1984. Broaday credits include 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' 'November' (Tony nomination) and 'My Thing Of Love.' Metcalf received Three Emmy Awards for her work in the TV series "Roseanne." Films include "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Toy Story," "JFK," "Internal Affairs" and "Uncle Buck."


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