Signature Theatre Company's acclaimed off-Broadway production of Bill Irwin and David Shiner's Old Hats will clown around at the Pershing Square Signature Center for an additional four weeks, the organization has announced. The production, which opened on March 4, will now close on June 9 after multiple extensions.
Directed by Tina Landau and featuring music by Theatre World Award winner Nellie McKay (The Threepenny Opera), Old Hats combines the signature silent clowning of Tony Award winner Irwin (Waiting for Godot) and Shiner (Seussical) with magic, technology, slapstick, and movement. The creative team includes John Gromada (sound design), Wendall K. Harrington (projection design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and G.W. Mercier (scenic and costume design).
Irwin was Signature's 2003-2004 Playwright-in-Residence, where he wrote and starred in Mr Fox: A Rumination, The Regard Evening, and The Harlequin Studies. As an actor, his many other stage credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for which he won a Tony Award, and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? He also costarred in the Public Theater's off-Broadway production of King Lear, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. In addition to appearing in Fool Moon, Shiner starred in the Broadway musical Seussical. He also directed Cirque du Soleil's Kooza and Banana Shpeel.