The world premiere of Old Hats, created by and starring Tony winner Bill Irwin and David Shiner, will begin performances February 12, 2013 at the Irene Diamond Stage in off-Broadway's Pershing Square Signature Center. Old Hats, which was originally scheduled to play October 30, 2012 through December 9, will now open on March 4. Directed by Tina Landau, Old Hats will also feature singer-songwriter Nellie McKay. The production will play a limited engagement through March 31.
In Old Hats, Bill Irwin and fellow clown David Shiner reunite for a new work combining their unparalleled magic, slapstick and hilarity. Using music, technology and movement, Irwin and Shiner create a wild and remarkable world for a new generation of audiences. Old Hats marks Irwin and Shiner first collaboration since starring in Broadway’s Fool Moon, which they performed in 1993, 1995 and 1998.
Irwin earned a Tony Award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and additional Best Actor, Best Choreography, Best Direction and Best Play nominations for his play Largely New York. His additional Broadway credits include The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, The Regard of Flight, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Bye Bye Birdie and Waiting for Godot.
Shiner’s Broadway credits include Fool Moon and Seussical. His film and TV credits include Man of the House, Lorenzo’s Oil and Silent Tongue.
The creative team for Old Hats includes scenic and costume designer G.W. Mercier, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, sound designer John Gromada and projection designer Wendall K. Harrington. The production features original music by McKay.