THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON Begins Previews 2/9
Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland star in the Broadway revival of Jason Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, directed by Gregory Mosher. Preview performances begin on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 with and official opening on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street).
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON is produced by Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo, Shelter Island Enterprises, The Shubert Organization, James MacGilvray, Orin Wolf, The Weinstein Company, Second Chance Productions, Brannon Wiles and Scott M. Delman/Lucky VIII.
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON made its debut at The Public Theater in May 1972 before moving to Broadway?s Booth Theatre where it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Play for the 1973 season. It played a total of 944 performances on and off Broadway.
On the anniversary of their victory in the Pennsylvania state championship game, four members of the starting lineup of a small-town Catholic high school basketball team gather with their coach to re-live their youthful glory. As the night progresses, the long buried grudges and secrets of the once-confident players surface, threatening not just their solidarity, but the meaning of their victory. With savage humor, THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON probes the darkest aspects of the American dream of success at all costs. In his original review of the play in the New York Times, Clive Barnes wrote, "Wow! This is precisely the kind of relevant and hard-hitting play that Broadway should be doing if it has any chance of survival. That Championship Season is Broadway theatre at its finest."
BIOGRAPHIES: Brian Cox (Coach) is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. He has appeared in dozens of plays on the stages of London, New York and Scotland. Cox won two Olivier Awards for his performances in Rat in the Skull and Titus Andronicus; British Theatre Association Drama Awards for Best Actor for his work in The Taming of the Shrew and Strange Interlude; and the Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, for St. Nicholas. He spent eight months in London?s West End, starring as Max in Tom Stoppard?s Rock ‘n Roll, a role he reprised on Broadway. Cox has helmed stage productions of I Love My Life, Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Philanderer, The Master Builder and Richard III. A veteran of more than 50 feature films, he recently wrapped production on Rise of the Apes and Red with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. Cox earned AFI and Indpendent Spirit Award nominations for his work in the critically hailed independent film L.I.E.. His list of film credits include The Good Heart, Tell-Tale, The Escapist, Troy, X2, Zodiac, 25th Hour, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Ring, The Rookie, The Affair of the Necklace, For the Love of the Game, Rushmore, Desperate Measures, The Boxer, Kiss the Girls, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Manhunter, Hidden Agenda, and Nicholas and Alexandra. In 2003, Cox?s contributions to the arts were honored by Queen Elizabeth II, who named him a Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, Empire Magazine (UK) honored his film achievements with the Empire Icon Award. In 2007, the UK Film Council named him one of the Top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood today.