Keri Russell to join Adam Driver in ‘Burn This’ Broadway revival

Keri Russell to join Adam Driver in ‘Burn This’ Broadway revival

“The Individuals” actress Keri Russell will join the beforehand introduced Adam Driver in Michael Mayer’s Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This,” producer David Binder introduced Wednesday. The play begins performances in March 2019 at a theater to be introduced.

The manufacturing will mark Russell’s first look on a New York stage since her 2005 off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s “Fats Pig.”

Russell will play Anna, one among 4 New Yorkers introduced collectively at a funeral following an unintentional dying. Set in the gritty downtown New York of the 1980s, “Burn This” focuses on the tempestuous relationship between dancer Anna, who was roommates with the lately deceased Robbie, and Pale (Driver), Robbie’s attractive and harmful brother.

Extra casting and design workforce shall be introduced shortly.

Earlier than the announcement of Driver’s casting final December, Mayer was set to direct a “Burn This” revival with Jake Gyllenhaal in 2017. Gyllenhaal later opted to take the stage with a critically lauded starring function in “Sunday in the Park with George.”

Russell’s function was originated off-Broadway in 1987 by Joan Allen, with John Malkovich co-starring as Pale; the manufacturing subsequently transferred to Broadway. A 2002 revival starred Edward Norton and Catherine Keener.

As well as to “The Individuals,” Russell’s credit embrace “Felicity,” co-created by J.J. Abrams, who will direct Russell in the 2019 “Star Wars: Episode IX.” Additionally subsequent yr, Russell will seem in horror thriller “Antlers,” directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Driver, presently showing in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” starred in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Final Jedi.” His breakthrough function on “Ladies” earned him three Emmy nominations, and his stage credit embrace Broadway’s “Man and Boy and Mrs. Warren’s Occupation.” He appeared off-Broadway in “Look Again in Anger” and “Angels in America.”

Producer Binder’s credit embrace the Tony-winning “Hedwig and the Offended Inch,” the revival of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Males” starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd and “A Raisin in the Solar” starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald.

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