After playing the charismatic, controlling network executive Jack Donaghy on NBC’s 30 Rock for seven seasons, Alec Baldwin is slated to return to Broadway next spring in a much darker production.
The 54-year-old prolific actor will portray Harold, a rich mobster who is kidnapped and held by two orphaned brothers, in Lyle Kessler’s 1983 drama Orphans, said the show’s producers on Wednesday.
The play, which will be directed by the Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, who is known for his The Columnist and Proof, portrays the three characters in a run-down row house in North Philadelphia. Treat, the eldest brother, supports his damaged younger brother Phillip through stealing, and one day kidnaps Harold, who as it is revealed, has his own motives and becomes a father figure for the brothers. The roles of Treat and Phillip have yet been cast.
An exact location for the play has not been set, but it will be staged at one of the Shubert theaters in New York City.
Orphans debuted in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. It soon developed into a Steppenwolfe Theatre engagement in Chicago in 1985 and successful runs in off-Broadway in New York and London. The play was made into a film in 1987.
The upcoming seventh season of 30 Rock will be the comedy’s last and Baldwin will appear in the series’ final 13 episodes.
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