WATERSTON AND MURRAY TO JOIN CAST OF LONG WHARF THEATRE’S THE OLD MASTERS
NEW HAVEN – Sam Waterston, the star of last season’s hit production of Have You Seen Us?, will return to Long Wharf Theatre in Simon Gray’s The Old Masters, directed by Michael Rudman. Joining him in the cast is Drama Desk Award-winner and Tony Award-nominee Brian Murray.
The production will take place on the Mainstage from Jan. 19 through Feb. 13. Single tickets will go on sale Aug. 9.
Long Wharf Theatre’s production of The Old Masters precedes an anticipated Broadway run produced by John Martello and Elliot Martin.
Waterston, the long time star of television’s “Law & Order,” has been an immensely popular performer with critics and audiences alike during his previous two appearances at Long Wharf Theatre. Have You Seen Us? was the theatre’s highest grossing show in the past decade, surpassing his own performance in Travesties. The New York Times described Waterston’s performance in Have You Seen Us? as “deft and effective.” Variety said that Waterston’s work was “stunning,” imbued with “intellectual vigor.”
“Long Wharf Theatre is blessed to have Sam Waterston back at the theatre one more time. Sam has proven time and again to be among America’s finest stage actors bringing intelligence and passion to every role he plays. We are honored to have him return in the late great Simon Gray’s final play,” said Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. “This is a thrill for all of us.”
Stage and film actor Murray was nominated for three Tony Awards for his work in The Crucible, The Little Foxes and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, respectively. He also won two Drama Desk awards for his work in The Little Foxes and Noises Off, in addition to being nominated for Da and A Small Family Business, among others. His film work includes Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Bob Roberts.
“What a great treat it is to welcome Brian Murray, the South African-born actor known well to American audiences as a performer of deft humor and supreme intelligence. He has helped introduce American audiences to the works of Tom Stoppard and Alan Aykbourn, among others, with his unforgettable performances,” Edelstein said.
The play, written in 2004 and previously performed in London’s West End, takes place under the menacing shadow of Mussolini in 1937. Two aging lions joust over the value of art and money. Just outside Florence, famous art historian Bernard Berenson (played by Waterston) and notorious art dealer Joseph Duveen (portrayed by Murray) edge toward an explosive final encounter as their turbulent relationship erupts on stage.
Long Wharf Theatre has a long history of performing Gray’s works, including the award-winning production of Quartermaine’s Terms, producedduring the 1982-83 season, then transferring to Playhouse 91 in 1983. The show won an OBIE Award that year for ensemble performance. In addition, Long Wharf Theatre produced the much acclaimed The Common Pursuit. “Simon Gray provided Long Wharf with some of the most exciting work in our distinguished history,” Edelstein said.
Additional casting will be announced shortly.
For more information about Long Wharf Theatre’s 2010-11 season, visit www.longwharf.thinkcreativegroup.com or call 203-787-4282.