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The acclaimed French playwright’s 2010 drama, translated by Christopher Hampton, centers on a woman suffering from clinical depression and grasping for stability in a world crumbling around her after her children have moved on to live their own lives and establish their own relationships.
Trip Cullman will direct the play for off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company. It begins previews Feb. 20 at the company’s Linda Gross Theater, ahead of a March 11 official opening. The limited engagement runs through April 7.
The Mother is an earlier companion piece to Zeller’s 2012 play about a man grappling with dementia, The Father, which was produced on Broadway in 2016, winning Frank Langella his fourth Tony Award.
Huppert received a best actress Oscar nomination last year for Elle and appears in the upcoming Focus Features thriller Greta, with Chloe Grace Moretz and Maika Monroe. Her previous New York stage appearances have included Jean Genet’s The Maids, with Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Debicki; Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis; and Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Greek mashup, Phaedre(s).
Noth, best known for his roles on Sex and the City and The Good Wife, was last on stage in New York in a 2015 production of Doctor Faustus. Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) made his New York stage debut appearing opposite Lucas Hedges last year in Yen, while Young (Annihilation Nation) recently completed a run in Steven Levenson’s play Days of Rage.
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