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Uma Thurman to make Broadway debut in play from House of Cards creator

Beau Willimon’s ‘The Parisian Woman’ will begin a limited engagement on Nov. 30

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After starring as a Hollywood diva recruited to lead a Broadway musical on NBC’s Smash, Uma Thurman is making her real-life Broadway debut.

Producers announced Wednesday that the Pulp Fiction actress will star in The Parisian Woman, a new play written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. The drama is set in Washington and centers around Thurman’s character, Chloe, “a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future.”

Willimon’s inspiration for the drama came from La Parisienne, the controversial 1885 play by French dramatist Henri Becque. The play, which was commissioned and developed in 2011 by The Flea Theater in New York, will mark Willimon’s Broadway debut as well. According to the production’s press release, “Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe’s life, and in our nation’s, when the truth isn’t obvious and stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Pam MacKinnon, who directed the play’s original 2013 run at the South Coast Repertory in California, will be helming the Broadway move. It will play a limited engagement starting Nov. 30 at a theater to be announced.

Hopefully Thurman doesn’t end up like her Smash character, who backs out of the show after a producer poisons her with peanuts!