Home Theater Woody Allen, Coen Brothers, Elaine May Plan Show Together

Exclusive: The last time Woody Allen and Elaine May combined forces was about fifteen years ago. They put their one act plays together with another by David Mamet. “Death Defying Acts” ran at the now defunct Variety Arts Theater on Third Avenue and 14th St.

Now I’m told that Woody, Elaine, and this time the Coen Brothers will mount a triple play next fall. Details are sketchy, but I’m told Marlo Thomas will star in the Elaine May play. Even Woody’s publicist doesn’t know the name of his play, and the Coen Brothers — maybe Ethan writing and Joel directing–are like Sphinxes when it comes to information.

Elaine May’s long time producer Julian Schlossberg didn’t return calls, but the word is that he’s putting it all together. Michael Blakemore, who directed all three in 1995, may return before prepping “Rebecca” next winter. More info as it comes. But it’s something to look forward to in September.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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