Oscar-nominated actress Diane Lane will star in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, according to the Chicago Tribune. David Cromer will direct the production, which will also star Finn Wittrock. Sweet Bird of Youth is set to run September 15 through October 21. No further casting or creative team have been announced.
Sweet Bird of Youth tells the story of Chance Wayne (Wittrock), a guilt-ridden young man who, in the attempt to try to establish his own acting career, becomes the companion of an aging movie star who calls herself Princess Kosmonopolis (Lane). The play first opened on Broadway in 1959 with Paul Newman as Wayne and Geraldine Page as Kosmonopolis. A 1975 Broadway revival starred Irene Worth and Christopher Walken.
Lane’s many film credits include Unfaithful, Must Love Dogs, Jumper, Untraceable, Secretariat, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Glass House, My Dog Skip, The Perfect Storm, Nights in Rodanthe and Hollywoodland. She has appeared on Broadway in The Cherry Orchard, Runaways and Agamemnon.
Wittrock made his Broadway debut earlier this year in Mike Nichols’ Tony-winning revival of Death of a Salesman. He has appeared off-Broadway in The Illusion and The Age of Iron. A graduate of Juilliard, Wittrock is perhaps best known for his role as Damon Miller on the daytime soap All My Children.
Originally Cromer was set to direct a production of Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Oscar nominee James Franco. The production was delayed, however, with Cromer recently explaining that lead producer Scott Rudin instead began concentrating on the Death of a Salesman revival.