“Captain America” star Chris Evans will make his Broadway debut in spring 2018 in a revival of Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan’s 2001 play “Lobby Hero” opposite Michael Cera.
The production will kick off the inaugural Broadway season for Second Stage, a nonprofit that runs two Off Broadway venues but acquired the historic Hayes Theatre on the Main Stem in 2015.
Trip Cullman will direct “Lobby Hero,” which is set in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building where an ambitious young security guard clashes with a stern boss, and intense rookie cop and her unpredictable partner.
Signature will follow “Lobby Hero” with the revival of another recent Off Broadway gem, Young Jean Lee’s father-son drama “Straight White Men.”
Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro will direct the production, which will open in July 2018. The show follows a man named Ed who gathers his three adult sons on Christmas
Second Stage also announced the rest of its season at Off Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre. In addition to the previously announced revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song,” which will open in September 2017 under the direction of Moises Kaufman, the season will include the New York premiere of “August Osage County” playwright Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe.”
Artistic director Carole Rothman and executive director Casey Reitz also announced that Second Stage has joined L.A.’s Center Theatre Group to co-commission new plays by Jon Robin Baitz, Will Eno, Lisa Kron, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel.