Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that star of stage and screen, Laura Linney, will return to Broadway in the American premiere of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton. The production is slated to begin previews on Monday, January 6, 2020, toward a January 15 opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play will be directed by Richard Eyre and comes to the United States via the London Theatre Company (Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr).
Laura Linney was last seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, as well as MTC productions of Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen. Linney currently stars in the Netflix series Ozark and also starred in Showtime series The Big “C”. Of her myriad film credits, You Can Count On Me, Kinsey, The Savages, The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park On Hudson, The Squid And The Whale, Mystic River, Absolute Power, The Truman Show, Primal Fear, and The Mothman Prophecies are standouts.
In My Name Is Lucy Barton, Linney plays Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. Strout’s play is adapted by Rona Munro (The James Trilogy).
The creative team for My Name is Lucy Barton includes Bob Crowley (scenic & costume design), Peter Mumford (lighting design), John Leonard (sound design) and Luke Halls (projection design).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.