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The Cast's The Thing

Grab the chance to see a stellar cast, which includes Sam Waterston, in Simon Gray's play, "The Old Masters," when it previews at Longwharf Theatre Jan.19- Feb.13, prior to heading to Broadway. Chronicling two towering figures of the early 20th century art world, critic Bernard Berenson and dealer Joseph Duveen , "Masters" could also describe the play's ensemble of talented actors, Sam Waterston as Berenson and Brian Murray as Duveen, as well as Shirley Knight, Heidi Schreck and Rufus Collins.The play chronicles an evening Berenson and Duveen spent together, in 1937, at Berenson's elegant villa in Florence, Italy. The spectre of approaching facism hovers as they debate ethics and art. "The Old Masters" debuted in London in 2004, under Harold Pinter's direction, and was called a "shrewd, beautifully articulated drama" by The Independent. The New York Theatre Guide described it as a play of themes that deepen through the evening. "Simon Gray's play lays open the fascinating world of the market in fine art, exploring issues of true value, of provenance, and of forgery and fraud artistic and personal, via the real life relationship between Duveen and Berenson." Actor Sam Waterston, who plays Berenson (and is a Connecticut resident) might be most recognizable for his 16 seasons as "Law and Order" District Attorney Jack McCoy but his stage and screen accomplishments are legendary. In film, he has appeared in "The Killing Fields,"  three films of Woody Allen, "Interiors," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors"; John Waters' "Serial Mom"; "Hopscotch" and "Heaven's Gate"; Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" (with Katharine Hepburn) and "Eagle's Wing" with Martin Sheen and Harvey Keitel, among many others.  His stage credits are equally impressive, with many roles in Shakespeare and Ibsen plays, a run as Lincoln in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" and two prior Long Wharf productions, "Have You Seen Us?" and "Travesties." Plan on seeing "The Old Masters" at Long Wharf and you can count on seeing some extraordinary actors ply their craft. Tickets are $40-$70. For more information, visit Long Wharf's website.

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