Pulitzer Prize Finalist Will Eno’s New Play ‘The Realistic Joneses’ Will Come to Broadwy Starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei
Will Eno’s new play The Realistic Joneses will come to Broadway in Spring of 2014 starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner; Academy Award and Tony Award-nominee Toni Collette (“Hostages,” “United States of Tara,” The Sixth Sense, The Wild Party), Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winner Michael C. Hall (“Dexter,” Chicago), Tony Award-winner Tracy Letts (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; August: Osage County; “Homeland”), and Academy Award-winner and Gold Globe-nominee Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny; The Wrestler; Salome). The production will be directed by Obie Award-winner Sam Gold, who is currently represented by Fun Home at the Public Theater.
This new American play comes to Broadway after a critically acclaimed run at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. Rehearsals will begin in January, with previews in February and an opening scheduled for late March.
The Realistic Joneses will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, and Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe.
“A TENDER, FUNNY, and TERRIFIC new play!”
-The New York Times, Charles Isherwood
“VERY FUNNY, DELIGHTFULLY DISARMING, and PROVOCATIVE!”
-Variety/The Hartford Courant, Frank Rizzo
“WICKEDLY FUNNY! The most singular work in some time!!!”
-New Haven Register, E. Kyle Minor
Further details about this production will be announced at a later date.
In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. This contemporary comedy explores how our joys and sorrows – and how we choose to face them – can come to define our lives.
Toni Collette (Jennifer Jones) is an Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, who made an indelible impression on Hollywood with her beautiful portrayal as the hopeless and desperate ‘Muriel Heslop’ in P.J. Hogan’s 1994 film, Muriel’s Wedding. Collette can currently be seen starring alongside Dylan McDermott on the CBS high-octane suspense drama “Hostages” as Dr. Ellen Sanders. In 2000, she made her Broadway debut in the highly anticipated revival of The Wild Party, alongside Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. Other Film and Television: Hitchcock, Jesus Henry Christ, “United States of Tara” (Golden Globe award, Screen Actors Guild nomination), Foster, Fright Night, Mary and Max, The Black Balloon, Towelhead, Evening, Hey, Hey It’s Esther Blueburger, The Night Listener, Like Minds, The Dead Girl, Little Miss Sunshine, The Way, Way Back, In Her Shoes, Japanese Story (AFI Award), Connie & Carla, The Last Shot, Changing Lanes, Dirty Deeds, About a Boy, The Hours, Shaft, The Sixth Sense (Academy Award nomination), The Boys, Velvet Goldmine, Emma, Dinner with Friends, The Magic Pudding, Hotel Splendide, The James Gang, The Clockwatchers, The Pallbearer, Lilian’s Story, Spotswood, Cosi, the upcoming film Mental, and is currently in production on Untitled Nicole Holofcener, and The Long Way Down.
Michael C. Hall (John Jones). Moving from an uptight funeral director on “Six Feet Under,” to a serial killer on “Dexter,” to Beat Generation figure David Kammerer in KILL YOUR DARLINGS, Michael C. Hall continues to illuminate humanity in transformative, complex characters. A formally trained stage actor, Hall made an impression as younger brother David Fisher on “Six Feet Under.” During the series’ five-year run, Hall received nominations for an Emmy and the AFI Male Television Actor of the Year Award. For his performance as the title character “Dexter,” Hall (who serves as an executive producer) won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in 2010 and the 2007 TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. He also received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations. Hall recently made his directorial debut with “Every Silver Lining,” the second episode of the eighth and final season. Hall will continue to work with Showtime to develop and executive produce “American Dream Machine,” an series adaptation of Matthew Specktor’s acclaimed novel about two generations of Hollywood royalty. On October 16, 2013, Hall appears on the big screen as David Kammerer, the former professor obsessed with and later murdered by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) in John Krokidas’s KILL YOUR DARLINGS (Sony Pictures Classics) the Beat Generation drama that also stars Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. Later this month, Hall begins shooting COLD IN JULY, a feature adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel that will be directed by Jim Mickle. A North Carolina native and graduate of NYU’s MFA program in acting, Hall made his Broadway debut as the emcee in “Cabaret,” directed by Sam Mendes and also portrayed Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” His New York stage credits also include Mr. Marmalade, Macbeth, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, Henry V, The English Teachers and Corpus Christi.
Tracy Letts (Bob Jones) is the only person to win both a Tony Award for acting (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and a Pulitzer Prize (August: Osage County). He is the author of Killer Joe (also screenplay), Bug (also screenplay), Man from Nebraska (Pulitzer finalist), August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award for Best Play), Superior Donuts, and a new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. He also wrote the screenplay for the film August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, which will be released by the Weinstein Company on Christmas Day, 2013. He won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his debut Broadway performance as George in the Tony Award-winning revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. He joined the Steppenwolf ensemble in 2002, where he has appeared in American Buffalo, Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, many others. Other productions include: Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre, NY); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta); The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (A Red Orchid Theatre); Conquest of the South Pole (Famous Door); Bouncers (the Next Lab). TV and film appearances: Guinevere, U.S. Marshals, Profiler, Prison Break, Seinfeld, Home Improvement, many others. He plays Senator Andrew Lockhart on Showtime’s Emmy Award winning drama Homeland.
Marisa Tomei (Pony Jones) continues to bridge the gap between rich, dramatic performances and smart, comedic turns. Her breakthrough role as a smart tough cookie in My Cousin Vinny showcased her comedic talents and snagged her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She earned a second Oscar nod for her work in the harrowing drama In the Bedroom and a third for the vulnerable stripper Cassiday in The Wrestler. Films include Ides of March , Crazy Stupid Love, Before the Devil Knows you’re Dead, Cyrus. She was last seen on Broadway in an acclaimed performance in Caryl Churchill’s now-classic feminist drama, “Top Girls”. She has also played “Salome” on Broadway, in the title role, opposite Al Pacino. Other theater credits include Will Eno’s “Oh! The Humanity and Other Good Intentions,” Wally Shawn’s “Marie and,” Tony Kushner’s “Slavs!,” Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo’s “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!,” Coward’s “Design for Living,” Clifford Odet’s “Waiting for Lefty” and “Rocket to the Moon,” both directed by Joanne Woodward, among many others.
Sam Gold (Director) is an award-winning director, whose world premiere production of Fun Home, a new musical by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, recently ran at the Public Theater. Sam’s recent Broadway credits include Picnic (Roundabout at the American Airlines Theatre); and Seminar (Golden Theater; also Ahmanson, LA). Sam’s recent credits include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, Lucille Lortel Nomination); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep, Drama Desk Nomination); The Realistic Joneses (Yale Rep., CT Critics Circle Award); The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director); Look Back in Anger (Roundabout; Lucille Lortel Nomination); Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker (Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk nomination; OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction;) The Aliens by Annie Baker (Rattlestick; OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction). Additional credits include: We Live Here by Zoe Kazan(Manhattan Theater Club); A Doll’s House (Williamstown Theatre Festival); August: Osage County (Old Globe; SD Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction); Kin by Bathsheba Doran (Playwrights Horizons); The Coward by Nick Jones (Lincoln Center’s LCT3); Tigers be Still by Kim Rosenstock (Roundabout); Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic); and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova & Under the Radar Festival). Sam is Resident Director at Roundabout Theater Company, a NYTW Usual Suspect, a Drama League Directing Fellow, a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, The Garson Kanin/Marian Seldes Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, and a graduate of the Juilliard Directing Program.
Will Eno (Playwright) is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theater in New York, where his play Title and Deed premiered in May 2012. His play Gnit, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, premiered at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 2013. His play The Realistic Joneses had its premiere at the Yale Repertory Theater, in April 2012. Both The Realistic Joneses and Title and Deed were on the New York Times’ “Best Plays of 2012” list. His play Middletown was a winner of the Horton Foote Award and was produced at the Vineyard Theater in New York and Steppenwolf Theater, starring Tracy Letts, in Chicago. His play Thom Pain (based on nothing) ran for a year at the Daryl Roth Theater, was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, and has been translated into over a dozen languages. He was recently awarded the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award. He was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, where he taught playwriting. His work is published by TCG, DPS, playscripts, and Oberon Books, in London. Other work has also appeared in Harper’s, The Believer, and The Quarterly