Popular film actress Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) is set to make her Broadway debut this fall in the new Beau Willimon (Farragut North, Ides of March) play The Parisian Women. Directed by Pam McKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Clybourne Park), the production will open on Thursday, November 30th for a limited engagement. The venue, full casting, and the creative team will be announced later.
Inspired by the French dramatist Henri Becque’s La Parisienne, a controversial play that debuted in Paris in 1885, the new piece is described as follows: “Willimon sets The Parisian Woman in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe (Uma Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe’s life, and in our nation’s, when the truth isn’t obvious and stakes couldn’t be higher.”
Uma Thurman is a popular film actress who has appeared in several movies including early outings in Dangerous Liaisons and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Her career really ignited when she made her Academy Award-nominated appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. She would return to working with the director for the two-part film series Kill Bill as assassin Beatrix Kiddo. She was nominated for two golden globes, one for each entry of the Kill Bill films. Other notable films include Beautiful Girls, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Gattaca, Les Miserables, Be Cool, and The Producers.
Playwright Beau Willimon is best known to Netflix viewers for creating the Kevin Spacey series House of Cards. His play Farragut North was the basis for the George Cooney film The Ides of March, a screenplay he adapted with Clooney and Grant Heslov. Willimon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
Director Pam McKinnon was most-recently represented on Broadway with the musical Amelie. Other Broadway credits include David Mamet’s China Doll, Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony and Drama Desk Awards).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.