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Uma Thurman to Make Broadway Debut in Beau Willimon’s ‘The Parisian Woman’

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Uma Thurman will make her Broadway debut in “The Parisian Woman,” a play by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon set in Washington, D.C. in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Thurman will play Chloe, a D.C. socialite who reaches a pivotal moment in her life and her marriage just as the nation enters into its own pivotal moment. The American political landscape has often provided the setting of Willimon’s work; along with “House of Cards,” his breakout play “Farragut North” became the George Clooney film “Ides of March.”

“The Parisian Woman” marks a rare stage appearance for Thurman, best known for film work like “Pulp Fiction” and “Dangerous Liaison.” Her last stint on the New York boards was in a 1999 revival of “The Misanthrope” at Classic Stage Company.

“Parisian Woman” is inspired by Henri Becque’s 1885 play “La Parisienne.” The New York production, Willimon’s Broadway debut, will be directed by Pam MacKinnon, the Tony winner (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) who previously helmed “Clybourne Park” and, last season, “Amelie” on Broadway. MacKinnon directed the 2013 world premiere of “The Parisian Woman” at South Coast Repertory; the show was initially commissioned and developed by downtown New York’s Flea Theater.

Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch — the quartet behind shows including “In Transit” and the 2009 revival of “A Little Night Music” — as well as Steve Traxler (the upcoming “M. Butterfly”) produce “The Parisian Woman,” set to open Nov. 30. Full details — including Broadway venue and complete casting — remain to be set.

Thurman’s upcoming films include Lars Von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built” and Tim Hill’s “The War With Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro. On Willimon’s plate is “The First,” a Hulu drama about the first human mission to Mars.

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