Oscar nominee and Broadway alum David Strathairn wil star as an eccentric librarian in Spider-Man scribe Glen Berger's one-man show Underneath the Lintel at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. Directed by A.C.T.'s artistic director Carey Perloff, the show will run from October 23 through November 17. Opening night is set for October 29.
Underneath the Lintel is a riveting ghost story that follows a librarian who finds a weather-beaten book in a return bin—and discovers that it is 113 years overdue. Sparked by a message left in its margins, he sets off on a quest to unravel the secrets of the book and the person who borrowed it. From the hallways of his library, he follows a chain of clues that spans the globe and dates back thousands of years.
Strathairn most recently appeared on Broadway in The Heiress. His other Broadway credits include Salome, Dance of Death, The Three Sisters and Einstein and the Polar Bear. His film and TV roles include Lincoln, L.A. Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum and Good Night, and Good Luck.
Berger co-wrote the original Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark script with Tony winner Julie Taymor. His memoir about the tumultuous experience of mounting the musical on Broadway, Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, is set to be published by Simon & Schuster on November 5.
The creative team for Underneath the Lintel includes scenic design by Nina Ball, costume design by Jessie Amoroso, lighting design by Alexander V. Nichols and sound design by Jake Rodriguez.