Academy Award winner Kenneth Lonergan's acclaimed memory play and 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Waverly Gallery will have its Broadway premiere next season at the John Golden Theatre.
Directed by Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Lila Neugebauer (in her Broadway debut), the cast will include Grammy Award winner and Academy and Golden Globe Award nominee Elaine May (one half of the legendary comedy duo Nichols and May, whose iconic show An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May famously played the John Golden Theatre), Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges, Tony Award winner Joan Allen, and, in his third Lonergan play, Michael Cera.
A powerfully poignant and often hilarious play, The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother's battle against Alzheimer's disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, The Waverly Gallery captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.
The Waverly Gallery originally premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 1999, before opening off-Broadway at the Promenade Theater in March 2000.