Uma Thurman to Make Broadway Debut in 'The Parisian Woman'

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Set in Washington, D.C., in the wake of the 2016 election, the new play by 'House of Cards' creator Beau Willimon will be directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon.

Uma Thurman will make her Broadway debut in the fall in House of Cards creator Beau Willimon's power play The Parisian Woman, about a Washington socialite coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and her uncertain future.

Inspired by French dramatist Henri Becque's 1885 farce La Parisienne, Willimon's play unfolds after the 2016 election, when powerful friends have become more important than ever. Thurman will play Chloe, an unfaithful wife irresistible to everyone in her circle, who faces a pivotal moment in her life at the same time the country is undergoing momentous change.

Commissioned and developed by The Flea Theater in New York, the play premiered in 2013 at South Coast Repertory, with Dana Delany as Chloe. Willimon has since updated the text to reflect the current political climate.

Pam MacKinnon, a Tony winner in 2013 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, whose Broadway credits include Clybourne Park and the recent, short-lived Amelie musical, will direct the play. 

Produced by Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch and Steve Traxler, it opens Nov. 30 in a limited engagement at a theater to be announced. Full casting and preview dates are to come.

The Parisian Woman also marks the Broadway debut of Willimon. Prior to his work on House of Cards, Willimon's behind-the-scenes presidential election drama Farragut North was produced off-Broadway and later adapted for the screen as The Ides of March, directed by and starring George Clooney.

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