Playwriting Alumnus and ‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon to Stage Broadway Play
July 13, 2017
Beau Willimon, an alumnus of the Columbia Theater Program and the creator of the popular Netflix series House of Cards, is behind a new Broadway play starring Uma Thurman. The play, The Parisian Woman, concerns a “woman in Washington who is asking her lover to help her husband get a high-level government position,” according to the New York Times. The play marks a Broadway for Willimon as well as Thurman, who previously starred in the Quentin Tarantino films Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. I, and Kill Bill Vol. II, among others.
Willimon, who once worked as a Democratic political operative, previously staged a play called Farragut North at The Flea, an Off-Broadway theater, in 2008. (That play was eventually adapted into the 2011 film The Ides of March, which starred George Clooney.) The Parisian Woman, which is inspired by the 1885 Henri Becque play La Parisienne, was originally commissioned by The Flea and had its world premier in 2013 at South Coast Repertory, a theater in Southern California.
The news of the play’s Broadway staging was announced on July 12, one day before Willimon’s House of Cards received four nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards, including one for Best Drama.
The Parisian Woman is scheduled to open on Nov. 30. The theater has yet to be announced.