Stage and screen veterans Elizabeth Ashley and Byron Jennings have joined the ever-expanding cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You, already set to star James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Mark-Linn Baker, among others. The show begins previews August 26 at the Longacre Theatre and opens September 28. Scott Ellis directs.
Meanwhile, Lincoln Center Theater and the Signature added new plays to their upcoming season lineups this morning, and young folks under stress — from love or lawlessness, take your pick — are prominent. Coming up first, at the Pershing Square Signature Center in August, is Naomi Wallace’s And I And Silence, in which Trae Harris (Orange Is The New Black) and Emily Skeggs (Fun Home) play younger versions of Jamie (Rachel Nicks, Nurse Jackie) and Dee (Samantha Soule, A Fable, Detroit ’67). Signature describes the play as concerning “two imprisoned teenagers, one black, one white, [who] form a perilous bond. As the young women serve time, they forge a plan for survival. When the outside world proves even more dangerous than the jail itself, their private world becomes an untenable practice ground for their new lives. And I and Silence explores the fierce dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950’s America.” Caitlin McLeod, who staged the play in 2011 in London, repeats. The show begins performances August 5 and opens August 25.
Lincoln Center Theater will turn its mid-size space, the Mitzi E. Newhouse, over to The Mystery Of Love And Sex, Bathsheba Doran’s play about two friends since childhood whose relationship turns romantic, with consequences for them and their families. Sam Gold (The Realistic Joneses) directs; the team was previously responsible for Kin, at Playwrights Horizons. The LCT commission is slated to begin performances February 5, 2015 and open on March 2.
LCT also commissioned Verite, a new play by Nick Jones (Trevor, The Coward), which will begin performances January 31, 2015 at the intimate Claire Tow Theater and open on February 18. The new play, per LCT, concerns “Josephine, a stay-at-home mom and struggling writer, [who] is offered an unusual deal for her memoir: she has to make her life exciting enough to publish. As mysterious and even sinister events start happening to her, Josephine has to decide how far she is willing to go to make her life into art, and whether it’s all coincidence or if someone is determined to make sure her memoir is a best-seller at any cost.” Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct. Neither of the LCT plays has been cast yet.