Steve Martin Sets Summer 2016 Bow for 'Meteor Shower'

Danny Clinch
Steve Martin

The new play will premiere at the Old Globe in San Diego, where Martin's Broadway-bound musical collaboration with Edie Brickell, 'Bright Star,' was first seen last year.

Steve Martin is heading back to the theater.

Following the March 31 Broadway opening of Bright Star, the bluegrass-flavored musical he co-wrote with Edie Brickell, Martin will world-premiere his new play Meteor Shower at San Diego's Old Globe.

Directed by Gordon Edelstein, the absurdist comedy about the anxieties lurking beneath the surface of modern marriage will begin previews July 30 and run through Sept. 4, with official opening night set for Aug. 7.

The premiere is a co-production between the Old Globe and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, where Edelstein serves as artistic director, and where the play will open the company's 2016-17 season.

Set in Ojai, California, Meteor Shower observes the unexpected developments when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple over to their backyard to watch the night sky activity. But as cocktails flow, tempers flare and sparks fly.

Casting is to be announced.

Also on the Old Globe 2016 summer season slate is a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and two Shakespeare productions — Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, and Love's Labor's Lost, staged by Broadway regular Kathleen Marshall.

Martin's Bright Star had its world premiere at the Old Globe last summer. Directed by Walter Bobbie and starring Carmen Cusack, the show centers on the meeting between a young magazine editor in North Carolina and a soldier just returned from World War II.

The production will play the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., from Dec. 2 through Jan. 10, prior to beginning Broadway previews March 7 at a Shubert theater to be announced.

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