Jesse Eisenberg, Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman and Dianne Wiest Book N.Y. Stage Roles
NEW YORK — While the New Group has always been a magnet for top talent, the Off Broadway company has assembled a particularly impressive roster of names for its 20th anniversary season, including Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman, Cynthia Nixon, Dianne Wiest and Jesse Eisenberg.
Hunter and Pullman will star in the first New York revival of David Rabe's Tony-winning 1971 play Sticks and Bones, a savage comedy that parodies the idealized American sitcom family through the story of a blind Vietnam vet's return home to his folks and their struggle to understand him.
New Group artistic director Scott Elliott will stage the production, which begins previews in October in the company's new home for the 2014-15 season, the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Having starred in the New Group's 2006 revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Nixon returns to the company to make her stage directing debut with Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking.
An exploration of hidden tensions in "post-racial America," the play centers on two women, to be played by Wiest and Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change), who work the front desk at a doctor's office and are locked into a power struggle when one of their jobs is threatened. That New York premiere starts performances in January.
Set for the spring is The Spoils, written by and starring Eisenberg as a self-loathing bully who is living off his parents after being kicked out of grad school. When he discovers that his school crush is marrying a banker, he sets out to sabotage their relationship and win her back. Elliott will direct the world premiere, which begins previews in May 2015.
The Spoils marks Eisenberg's third play to be produced Off Broadway, following Asuncion and The Revisionist, in which he starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave.
Additional cast and official opening dates for all three New Group productions are to be announced.