Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker have officially been set to star in the world premiere of the first-ever play from Amanda Peet. The Commons Of Pensacola is set for a limited off-Broadway engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club, with previews starting October 22 at New York City Center’s Stage 1 and opening night November 21. MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow is directing. Danner and Parker had staged a reading of the play after MTC said it would stage the play this season, and had been expected to have the inside track on the roles. The comedic drama centers on Judith (Danner), who has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious NY life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one-bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, FLA, everyone’s motives are called into question. Danner and Parker previously starred together in MTC’s 1995 production Sylvia by A.R. Gurney.
EXCLUSIVE: Amanda Peet is set as a lead in Togetherness, HBO’s single-camera comedy pilot written, directed and executive produced by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass. It follows two couples living under the same roof who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. Peet plays Tina Morris, an energetic and beautiful woman who is fun, outgoing, mischievous and smart in both dress and brainpower. Tina relocates from Houston to Los Angeles and moves in with her sister Michelle Pierson (Melanie Lynskey) and her husband Brett. Also moving in with the Piersons is Brett’s friend Alex (Steve Zissis), a struggling, over-the-hill actor who had been left homeless. Peet’s casting comes on the heel of Manhattan Theater Club’s announcement last week that it will stage Peet’s first play, The Commons Of Pensacola, next season. There is talks that Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker, who participated in a reading of the play, may join the production. On screen, Peet, repped by Gersh and Management 360, co-stars in boxoffice hit Identity Thief and has been recurring on CBS’ The Good Wife. At HBO, she joins her husband, David Benioff, co-creator/executive producer of the network’s flagship series Game Of Thrones.