'The Little Drummer Girl' star Michael Shannon to join Adam Driver for the reading of Sam Shepherd's 'True West'

Shannon will join Driver to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Driver's non-profit foundation for the military.


                            'The Little Drummer Girl' star Michael Shannon to join Adam Driver for the reading of Sam Shepherd's 'True West'

'The Little Drummer Girl' star Michael Shannon is set to join Adam Driver in the reading of Sam Shepherd's 1980 play, 'True West' on November 12 at the American Airlines Theatre, where Driver's Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Shannon plays the role of the Mossad agent, Marty Kutrz, in the Chan-wook Park directed adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel. 'The Little Drummer Girl' follows the story of a young, aspiring actress, Charlie Ross (played by Florence Pugh), who is lured by a mysterious stranger, Becker (played by Alexander Skarsgard) when she visits Greece with her troop. However, she soon finds herself a pawn in Marty's trap who along with his partner, Becker, is plotting to take down a Palestinian terrorist. 

Shannon's character in 'The Little Drummer Girl' is a gritty, complicated man who holds little tolerance for the opposition. However, with 'True West', Shannon will probably pick up a role far simpler than the Mossad agent since the play takes place in a mother's kitchen as her two sons try to write that one screenplay which can either make or break their lives. Along with Shannon and Driver, who will probably play the role of the two brothers, Peter Friedman ('Ragtime', 'Succession') and Marylouise Burke ('Fish in the Dark') will also join the cast of the play which is being directed by Tony-winner, Sam Gold. 

Shannon plays the intolerant Marty in 'The Little Drummer Girl'. (IMDb)
Shannon plays the intolerant Marty in 'The Little Drummer Girl'. (IMDb)

As a part of AITAF's 10th Annual Broadway Show, the performance of 'True West' will be free for veterans, current service men and women and military families and caregivers. Civilians can also request tickets with a $250 donation at AITAF website. AITAF is an initiative taken by Driver and Joanne Tucker to serve "all branches of the military at US installations domestically and abroad."The non-profit organization brings high-quality arts programming to active duty service members, veterans, military support staff and their families around the world free of charge. According to their custom, after each performance, the artist interacts with the audience, and this time too Driver and Shannon will sit with the audience for a Q&A round.

 



 

 

Driver himself had served in the Marine Corps and had found theater to be a useful outlet for expression. He is set to return to Broadway in 2019 in Lanford Wilson's 1987 drama 'Burn This', starring alongside Keri Russell. In 2016, the two appeared in a reading of Stephen Belber's Tape for Arts in the Armed Forces.