Liev Could Return To Theater

Liev Schreiber

Actor Liev Schreiber may return to Broadway during the 2011/12 season to star as ‘George Sitkowski’ in a revival of Jason Miller’s Pulitzer-winning play, That Championship Season, to be directed by Gregory Mosher. It is belived that actor Brian Cox may be cast as the ‘Coach.’

There has been no official announcement.

Miller’s That Championship Season tells the story of four former high school basketball champions who meet up annually with their coach to remember former glories. On their 20th anniversary reunion the coach reveals he is dying of cancer and the group begins to share secrets that test their friendship.

The Tony Award winning play made its debut off-Broadway at the Estelle Newman/Public Theatre on 2 May , 1972, where it ran for 144 performances. The production was then moved to the Booth Theatre on Broadway, where it ran for an additional 844 performances. The play ran for a total of 988 performances before it closed on 21 Apr 1974. The original Broadway cast starred Charles Durning (George Sikowski), Paul Sorvino, Richard A. Dysart (Coach), Walter McGinn and Michael McGuire, and featured direction by A. J. Antoon.

In 1982 Jason Miller adapted the play into a movie, which he also directed. The movie starred Bruce Dern as ‘George Sikowski’ and Robert Mitchum as the ‘Coach.’ A TV film was made in 1999 which Paul Sorvino directed and also starred in as the ‘Coach,’ and featured Tony Shalhoub as ‘George Sikowski.’

Mosher directed Liev Schreiber in the Tony nominated revival of ‘A View from the Bridge’ which starred Schreiber as ‘Eddie’ and Scarlett Johansson as ‘Catherine,’ which played earlier this year at the Cort Theatre.

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