Josh Charles will make his Broadway debut this summer in “Straight White Men,” Young Jean Lee’s dark comedy also featuring the previously announced Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt.
Charles’ casting was announced Thursday, along with co-stars Kate Bornstein and Ty Defoe. The play begins previews at the Hayes Theater on Friday, June 29, with an official opening date of Monday, July 23.
The Second Stage Theater production will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre who won a 2008 Tony Award for her direction of “August: Osage County.”
The production marks the Broadway debuts of Charles, Hammer, Bornstein and DeFoe. Skerritt made his Broadway debut in the 2013 production of “A Time to Kill.”
The play – which will be a Broadway first by an Asian-American female playwright – is set on Christmas Eve, when Ed (Skerritt) has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can’t answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they are forced to confront their own identities.
Charles and Hammer will play two of Ed’s sons, with the third to be announced.
Charles has done considerable stage work, and is perhaps best known to TV audiences for “The Good Wife.” Hammer co-starred in the Oscar-nominated “Call Me By Your Name” and Skerritt’s long list of credits includes “Picket Fences” and “Top Gun.”
Bornstein is an author, performance artist and transgender pioneer, while Defoe recently appeared Off Broadway in the Public Theater’s “Masculinity Max” and on TV in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”