Patti LuPone, Debra Winger Star in World Premiere of ‘The Anarchist’ by David Mamet

THE ANARCHIST, a new play written and directed by DAVID MAMET will be presented on Broadway at the newly refurbished Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production will star two-time Tony Award winner PATTI LuPONE, who has previously appeared in Mamet’s The Woods, All Men are Whores, The Blue Hour, The Water Engine, Edmond and The Old Neighborhood; and three-time Academy Award nominee DEBRA WINGER, who’s previous stage credits includeHow I Learned to Drive and Ivanov at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts and The Exonerated in New York. Winger will be making her Broadway debut in THE ANARCHIST.

THE ANARCHIST begins previews on Tuesday, November 13th and the official opening date is set for Sunday, December 2nd.

THE ANARCHIST will feature scenic and costume design by Academy Award winner PATRIZIA VON BRANDENSTEIN (Amadeus) and lighting design by Tony Award winner JEFF CROITER (Peter and the Starcatcher).

In The Anarchist, LuPONE plays the title character and WINGER plays her parole advisor—these actresses will make theatrical fireworks as one character, put away for life, wants out while the other wants to make sure she stays inside. This explosive new work by MAMET is about passion, redemption, deception, and revolution. Mamet, who brought a fierce sense of pace and excitement to the direction of his own Race, will once again be at the helm of the production.

From Evita to Gypsy, Two-time Tony Award® -winner PATTI LuPONE is a true Broadway legend with an extensive history with David Mamet on both stage and screen, including Heist, State and Main and The Old Neighborhood. Celebrated for her critically-acclaimed work in An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, and Shadowlands, three-time Oscar nominee DEBRA WINGER was most recently seen in the film Lola Versus, and on the hit HBO series, “In Treatment.” This rare stage appearance marks the Broadway debut for this celebrated actress.

PATTI LuPONE (Cathy) was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for her performance in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. New York stage: Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Awards); Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); Can-Can; Noises Off; Master Class; Pal Joey; Anything Goes (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award); The Cradle Will Rock; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Oliver!; Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards); The Water Engine, Edmond, The Woods, The Old Neighborhood, all by David Mamet; The Robber Bridegroom (Tony and Drama Desk nominations). London stage: Les Misérables (world premiere), The Cradle Will Rock (Olivier Award for both performances), Sunset Boulevard (world premiere, Olivier nomination), Master Class. Opera: Regina (Kennedy Center), Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back (world premiere, Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra of San Francisco), Mahagonny (L.A. Opera debut). TV: “Life Goes On,” “Oz,” “Frasier” (Emmy nomination), “Will & Grace,” “Ugly Betty,” “Passion” (Live From Lincoln Center), “Sweeney Todd” and “Candide” with the NY Philharmonic and “Mahagonny” (Great Performances) on PBS. Film: Witness, Driving Miss Daisy, The 24 Hour Woman, State and Main, Heist, Summer of Sam, City By the Sea. Recordings: many cast albums and her solo CDs Patti LuPone Live, Matters of the Heart and The Lady With the Torch, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches. Founding member: Juilliard School Drama Division (’68-’72) and John Houseman’s the Acting Company (’72-’76). Author: Patti LuPone: A Memoir.


DEBRA WINGER (Ann) has long been acknowledged as one of the screen’s finest actresses, since her stunning arrival on the film scene in Urban Cowboy.  Her performances in An Officer and A Gentleman, Terms of Endearment and Shadowlands brought her Best Actress Academy Award nominations. She appeared in a remarkable variety of films in her early career with acclaimed performances in Cannery Row, Mike’s Murder, Leap of Faith, Forget Paris and receiving a Golden Globe nomination for A Dangerous Woman.  She worked with some of the great directors of the age, such as Bernardo Bertolucci in The Sheltering Sky and Costa Gavras in Betrayed.Winger’s decision to step away from film performance in the 1990’s resulted in the birth of her second son, as well as stage performances with Michael Tilson-Thomas and the New World Symphony in a composition based on The Diary of Anne Frank, and acclaimed work in How I Learned to Drive and Ivanov at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she also managed a fellowship, teaching The Literature of Social Reflection for Robert Coles at Harvard University. Her absence from the screen also provided the inspiration for Rosanna Arquette’s celebrated 2003 documentary, “Searching for Debra Winger.”  This “search” found Winger in the new century with a role in Arliss Howard’s film of Larry Brown’s story collection, Big Bad Love, which she also produced, and television appearances in the film Dawn Anna, which accorded her an Emmy nomination, and the HBO series, “In Treatment”. Long active in social issues, Winger sits on the board of the Tahirih Justice Center and works for several public health organizations.  She consulted creatively on the Academy Award nominated documentary Gasland and is an advocate for sustainable farming and veteran’s affairs around her home in upstate New York. “undiscovered,” a collection of her essays, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010.  She is currently at work on another collection. She is delighted that The Anarchist will be her Broadway debut.

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