NEW YORK -- After directing them both onscreen, Paul Weitz has enlisted Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby to star in his new play, Lonely, I'm Not, premiering Off Broadway in spring.
The comedy marks Weitz's fourth play to bow at Second Stage Theatre, following Privilege, Show People and Trust. Directed by Trip Cullman, it begins previews April 10 at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre, with official opening set for May 7. Additional cast are to be announced.
Grace will play Porter, a divorced one-time corporate ninja with a nervous breakdown behind him. After a dry spell of four years without a job or a date, he decides to give it another shot when he meets a hungry young businesswoman, played by Thirlby, with her own obstacles to romantic fulfillment.
Grace starred opposite Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson in Weitz's 2004 feature In Good Company, while Thirlby appears with Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore in the writer-director's Being Flynn, opening Friday.
Thirlby made her Off Broadway debut in 2008 in Beau Willimon's Farragut North, which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated George Clooney feature, The Ides of March. Lonely marks Grace's professional stage debut.