Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Professor Gregory Mosher will direct the Broadway revival of Jason Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1972 drama That Championship Season, which will star Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Golden Globe nominee Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland in his Broadway debut. The production, about Scranton, Pennsylvania high school basketball players who reunite on the anniversary of their state championship victory to re-live the glory, will open in March 2011 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.
Mosher was nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for his direction of the revival of A View From the Bridge, which starred Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber. He has directed and produced nearly 200 stage productions at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres, on and off Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and in London's West End.
According to Playbill, "That Championship Season premiered at the Public Theater on May 2, 1972, starring Charles Durning, Richard A. Dysart, Walter McGinn, Michael McGuire and Paul Sorvino, under the direction of A.J. Antoon. The production, with the original cast intact, transferred to Broadway's Booth Theatre on Sept. 11, 1972 and ran through April of 1974. Playwright Miller later directed the 1983 film. The Broadway production won the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Play."
Among Mosher's productions are John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation; David Rabe's Hurly-Burly; the South African township musical Sarafina!; Richard Nelson's musical adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead; David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross; and John Leguizamo's Freak. Mosher's collaboration with Mamet began with American Buffalo in 1975 and continued for over two decades and more than twenty works.
He has produced or directed new work by such theatre artists as Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Elaine May, Spalding Gray, and Nobel Prize winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott. He has worked with such actors as Joe Mantegna, William Macy, Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Matthew Broderick, Julia Ormond, Ed Harris, Vince Vaughn, William Hurt, Christopher Walken, and Sally Field. He has received every major American theatre award, including two Tonys.
"Sutherland and Patric Join a Starry Team for 'That Championship Season,'" New York Times, November 2, 2010