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Debra Winger to Make Broadway Debut in David Mamet's 'The Anarchist'

The actress will star opposite Patti LuPone in the playwright's new work about passion, deception, religion and revolution, one of a handful of additions to the new theater season announced Wednesday.
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NEW YORK -- Debra Winger will make her Broadway debut opposite theater veteran Patti LuPone in the fall in David Mamet's new play, The Anarchist, beginning previews Nov. 13 for an official Dec. 2 opening at the Lyceum Theatre.

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Howard & Janet Kagan, the play will also be directed by Mamet. It pits the two powerful women against one another in a battle of wits.

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LuPone has previously worked with Mamet on the films Heist and State and Main, as well as in the Broadway play The Old Neighborhood.

Also confirmed for Broadway's fall slate from Richards, Frankel and fellow producers Susan Quint Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe is a transfer of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park) and starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.

That production starts previews Sept. 27 at the Booth Theatre and will officially open Oct. 13. Letts and Morton notably collaborated as playwright and star, respectively, of the Pulitzer and Tony winner, August: Osage County.

In Off Broadway news, Bullet for Adolf, a comedy by Woody Harrelson and Frankie Hyman, directed by Harrelson, will begin performances at New World Stages July 19, with an opening scheduled for Aug. 8.

Set in Houston, Texas, during the summer of 1983, the play concerns a missing WWII artifact and the unlikely friendship between a pair of Midwesterners and a slick New Yorker fleeing from his past. While the events are fictional, the characters are based on figures from Harrelson and Hyman's lives.

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"Frankie and I worked construction together in Houston in 1983," commented Harrelson. "The people we got to know that summer had a profound effect on us and we knew we had to write a play about them. The only problem was our real lives didn’t have much of a plot, so we started embellishing. Now it's about seven percent history and 93 percent embroidery."

Bullet for Adolf had its world premiere last spring at the Hart House Theatre in Toronto. The New York production is being presented by Children at Play.