By Lisa Fung
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Fiona Shaw, who mesmerized Broadway in 2002 in an acclaimed production of "Medea," will return to the New York stage in Colm Tóibín's "The Testament of Mary."
The production reunites Shaw and director Deborah Warner in their first collaboration to premiere in the U.S. It will begin previews on March 26 and open June 16 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Shaw will take on the title role in Tóibín's play, based on his provocative 2012 novel. It takes place in the city of Ephesus after the crucifixion of Jesus as Mary struggles to understand the death of her son and the men who called themselves his disciples.
The actress was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Medea in the 2002 Abbey Theater production, staged by Warner. Ben Brantley of the New York Times called the show, "thrilling," writing: "What's so mesmerizing and truly frightening about her performance is how cogently she evokes a mind that is anything but clear. This Medea is an all too sensitive instrument played upon by overwhelming forces that come from both without and within."
Shaw is recognizable to fans of the "Harry Potter" films, as Petunia Dursley, the young wizard's not-so-nice Muggle aunt. She also appeared in the TV series "True Blood" as witch coven leader Marnie Stonebrook, as well as other film and television roles.
Scott Rudin is producing "The Testament of Mary."