by Patricia Grandjean
Jan 18, 2011
10:20 AMBox Office
Sam Waterston, Brian Murray and Shirley Knight star in the U.S. premiere of Simon Gray’s The Old Masters at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. Set outside Florence, Italy in 1937, the play delves into the business of art collecting while exploring the 30-year relationship between Bernard Berenson (Waterston), an art historian who values the masterpiece, and Joseph Duveen ( Murray), an art dealer who values only its worth.
Michael Rudman directs the play. Rudman, who works primarily in Britain, has directed many productions at London's National Theatre and in the West End. In the United States his credits include The Changing Room, which originated at Long Wharf in 1973 before moving on to Broadway, Hamlet, which also starred Waterston in 1976 and Death of a Salesman with Dustin Hoffman in 1984.
Playwright Simon Gray, considered an old master himself, passed away in 2008. A number of his plays have been staged at Long Wharf Theatre, including The Common Pursuit, Molly and Quartermaine's Terms.
The play runs Jan. 19 through Feb. 13 prior to its anticipated Broadway debut. For info, call (203) 787-4282 or visit longwharf.org.Broadway Bound