David Hare’s Straight Line Crazy, which made its world premiere in March at London's The Bridge, will head to this side of the Atlantic in the fall. The limited engagement will begin previews October 18 at The Shed's Griffin Theater Off-Broadway prior to an official opening October 26.
Tony winner Ralph Fiennes (Hamlet) will again head the cast as Robert Moses with Tony winner Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, Carousel) at the helm. Fiennes will be joined on stage by David Bromley as Stamford Fergus, Alana Maria as Shirley Hayes, Guy Paul as Henry Vanderbilt, Judith Roddy as Finnuala Connell, Helen Schlesinger as Jane Jacobs, Mary Stillwaggon Stewart as Nicole Savage, and Danny Webb as Governor Al Smith, with additional casting to be announced.
Performances will continue through December 18.
Straight Line Crazy delves into the questionable legacy of Moses and his enduring impact on New York. The play presents an imagined retelling of the arc of Moses’s controversial career in two decisive moments: his rise to power in the late 1920s and the public outcry against the corrosive effects of that power in the mid-1950s.
“When I first read Straight Line Crazy, I was compelled by its provocation, humor, and, of course, by the portrayal of Robert Moses. It seemed its natural home was NYC and now—thanks to The Shed—the play can be seen there. I’m excited. It’s a New York play—that’s simply what it is,” says Fiennes.
“I am very excited to bring Robert Moses home. We had a great educational run in London at The Bridge Theatre where few of the audience had heard of him. But it will be fascinating to bring this controversial figure back to the city, and to the state, on which he left such a lasting mark,” adds Hare.
The production will have set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound design by George Dennis, music composition by George Fenton, associate design by Jaimie Todd, and casting by Robert Sterne. The production stage manager is Cynthia Cahill.
Fiennes (Faith Healer), Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors), and Hare (Skylight) previously collaborated on Hare's Beat the Devil, which ran at The Bridge in 2020.
Tickets will go on sale June 30 (Shed member presale begins June 28). Visit TheShed.org.