Zach Braff, best known for leading the beloved TV show Scrubs, is a man of many talents, and if you’ve seen his first feature film, Garden State, then you’ll already know that the man can both write and direct as well. (If you’ve not, I recommend you treat yourself to an early Christmas present, because it’s a brilliant film.)
Since the end of Scrubs last year, Braff has returned to theatre, starring in Trust last year off-Broadway in the States under the direction of Peter DuBois. And this year, he’s seen All New People, his own play, put on the stage in New York too.
With thanks to Deadline for the tip-off, Braff will be bringing All New People to the UK next year, and not only that, but he’ll be starring in the leading role too. The play, which his Trust director DuBois is directing, will first be going to the Manchester Opera House from 8th-11th February, then on to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 14th-18th February, before getting a ten-week run in London at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 22nd February to 28th April. Tickets are available right now from the play’s own website, AllNewPeople.co.uk.
“The dead of winter, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Charlie (Zach Braff), has hit rock bottom. Away from the rest of the world, this perfect escape is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, a fireman, and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country all suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.”
I’m not a frequent theatre-goer, but getting the chance to see a Braff-scripted play in which he plays the lead is incredibly tempting. I loved his work writing and direction on Garden State, and the premise of All New People sounds so good. The play’s site quotes the New York Times and Variety as describing it as “Sensationally funny,” and “A morbidly funny play about the trendy new existential condition of being young, adorable and miserable,” respectively, both of which are very promising. So this might just be a good idea for a Christmas present this year, I think.
Braff is of course an incredibly popular actor, and a very well received writer after Garden State’s release, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if tickets sell pretty quickly, so if you’re interested, I’d definitely recommend getting them sooner rather than later.
Braff has made an excellent little video to promote the play’s UK run, which you can (and should) see below. He’ll next be lending his voice to Sam Raimi’s anticipated Oz: The Great and Powerful, due out in March, 2013. Getting to see him a year earlier on the stage in London sounds perfect to me.