Marin Ireland, Josh Hamilton, Deirdre O'Connell, Alessandro Nivola, Maggie Siff and Frank Whaley will star in the New Group's off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. The play will begin previews on January 29, 2010, in anticipation of an as-yet-to-be-announced February opening at the Acorn Theatre, directed by Ethan Hawke.
A Lie of the Mind centers on Jake, a man who may have murdered his own wife in a jealous rage. While seeking refuge in the home of his abusive mother, Jake's brother Frankie becomes ensnared in the fray when he begins to investigate the event himself. The three-act, four-hour-long play had its New York debut in December 1985 at the Promenade Theater, directed by the playwright and starring Harvey Keitel, Amanda Plummer, Aidan Quinn and Geraldine Page.
Ireland is currently appearing in Roundabout Theatre Company's After Miss Julie on Broadway. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Reasons to be Pretty. Off-Broadway credits include Blasted, Nocturne, Savannah Bay, The Harlequin Studies, Where We're Born, Sabina and Beebo Brinker Chronicles.
Hamilton reunites with the New Group after appearing in Hurlyburly and Things We Want. His Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia, Proof and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Additional off-Broadway credits include This Is Our Youth, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Waverly Gallery, Evolution and Gone Home.
O'Connell, a Broadway alum of The Front Page, is currently appearing off-Broadway in Circle Mirror Transformation at Playwrights Horizons. Additional credits include End Days, Fugue, Manic Flight Reaction, World of Mirth, Two-Headed, Mud and Drowning and Tis Pity She's a Whore.
Siff has been seen off-Broadway in The Ruby Sunrise, Frank's Home and Or. Television credits include the department store heiress who tempts Don Draper in Mad Men.
Nivola's various television and film credits include Mansfield Park, Junebug and Face/Off. He has been seen on Broadway in A Month in the Country.
Whaley is best known for films such as Pulp Fiction and Swimming with Sharks. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in Tigers Wild, The Years and The Size of the World.
Hawke's directing credits include The New Group's Things We Want, as well as the films Straight to One, Chelsea Walls and The Hottest State. In 1992, Hawke founded Malaparte Theatre Company, where he serves as Artistic Director. As an actor, he has appeared off-Broadway in Sophistry, The Late Henry Moss and Hurlyburly, and in films such as White Fang, Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Before Sunrise, Gattaca, Hamlet and Waking Life.