Matthew Broderick Joins Wallace Shawn's Off-Broadway Play 'Evening at the Talk House'

Catherine Ashmore

Shawn’s first new play in seven years, set in the gossipy backstage world of theater land, opens Feb. 16 at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Matthew Broderick is joining The New Group’s production of Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House, producers announced Tuesday.

Scott Elliott directs the Off-Broadway staging, which begins previews Jan. 31 ahead of its Feb. 16 opening at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The limited engagement runs through March 12.

The ensemble drama — Shawn’s first new play in seven years — made its world premiere at London’s National Theatre in late 2015. Set in the gossipy backstage world of theater land, the dark political farce sees Broderick as Robert, a playwright who reunites with the cast of his under-appreciated masterpiece on the 10th anniversary of its opening night.

The two-time Tony winner joins a cast comprising Shawn, Jill Eikenberry, John Epperson, Larry Pine, Claudia Shear, Annapurna Sriram and Michael Tucker.

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