Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell to Star in 'Fool for Love' on Broadway

Sam Rockwell Nina Arianda - H 2014
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Sam Rockwell Nina Arianda - H 2014

Daniel Aukin will direct the revival of Sam Shepard's 1983 drama about battling lovers in a seedy motel

Sam Rockwell will star opposite Tony Award-winner Nina Arianda on Broadway next fall in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, about a volatile pair of former romantic partners sifting through the rubble of their relationship in a motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert.

Daniel Aukin will direct the production, which was first seen at this summer’s Williamstown Theatre Festival. The Broadway transfer comes courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club, with previews beginning on Sept. 15 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The official opening night is Oct. 8.

The play won multiple awards in its original off-Broadway production, which starred Kathy Baker and Ed Harris, with Bruce Willis understudying the male lead. It was adapted into a 1985 screen version directed by Robert Altman, which starred Kim Basinger and Shepard. The MTC presentation will mark the first time Fool for Love is staged on Broadway.

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Rockwell was last on Broadway in 2010 in Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane, co-starring with Christopher Walken, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan. Arianda received a lead actress Tony nomination for her 2011 Broadway debut in Born Yesterday; she won the award in 2012 for Venus in Fur, in which she starred opposite Hugh Dancy.

Also as part of its 2015-16 season, MTC has announced the world premiere of Pulitzer-winning Rabbit Hole playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord, a comedy about two headstrong elderly women locked in a clash over a desirable upper-floor room in an assisted living facility.

David Hyde Pierce will direct the off-Broadway production, which stars frequent Lindsay-Abaire collaborator Marylouise Burke with Mary Louise Wilson, a Tony winner for Grey Gardens. Previews start on Sept. 29 at New York City Center Stage I; opening night is set for Oct. 20.