For his next trick, James Franco reached into a raffle bin and pulled out “Direct a Play.”
The multi-hyphenate entertainer (and rabble rouser) will direct an Off-Broadway version of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift, about a man recently released from jail after being accused of rape as a teenager.
The production, part of the 20th anniversary season of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, will star Scott Haze, Ahna O’Reilly, Brian Lally, Allie Gallerani and Ally Sheedy. Haze has appeared in several of Franco’s film projects, including the upcoming Child of God. The Long Shrift will run July 13 through Aug. 23.
Of course, this isn’t the only theater Franco is currently involved with — he’s also starring opposite Chris O’Dowd in a Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men that is scheduled to play until July 27.
Let’s hope The Long Shrift gets good reviews.