James Earl Jones Theatre / Directions

Lincoln Center Theater's good friend, the extraordinary Audra McDonald, will be back on Broadway this fall starring in Adrienne Kennedy’s OHIO STATE MURDERS, directed by Kenny Leon. Last seen on our stages in Henry IV, Marie Christine, and of course, Carousel (for which she won the first of her six Tony Awards), Audra will now inaugurate the newly renovated and renamed James Earl Jones Theatre (formerly the Cort) with this production.

She will be taking on a tour-de-force role as writer Suzanne Alexander, who returns to her alma mater as a guest speaker to explore the violence in her works. Ms. Kennedy’s mystery is an intriguing and unusual suspense play, as well as a socially pertinent look at the destructiveness of racism in our society.

Called “one of the finest living American playwrights” by The New York Times, Ms. Kennedy will make her Broadway debut with this production at age 91. “I am so thrilled!” she said. “It’s only taken me 65 years to make it to Broadway!” Audra added, “I’m honored and humbled to be part of Adrienne Kennedy’s long-overdue Broadway debut…This timeless play has a powerful resonance and relevance today, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon (Fences, A Soldier’s Play) will bring together this historic production with a wonderful cast and creative team to be announced very soon.

LCT is proud to be co-producing OHIO STATE MURDERS along with The Shubert Organization, the Nederlander Organization, Concord Theatricals and many distinguished Broadway partners, led by Tony Award winning producers Jeffrey Richards, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman and Hunter Arnold.