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Sarah Paulson to star in ‘Appropriate’ on Broadway

The play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins also sets dates as part of Second Stage’s season.

Sarah Paulson (Credit: Courtesy of Polk & Co.)

Sarah Paulson will return to Broadway for the first time since 2010. The actor will star in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ drama “Appropriate,” which will begin previews on Nov. 28 ahead of an official opening night of Dec. 18 at the Hayes Theater as part of Second Stage’s previously announced 45th anniversary season. The production is scheduled to run through Feb. 11, 2024.

In “Appropriate,” Paulson will play Toni, the eldest daughter of the Lafayette family. Toni and her brother Bo have returned to their father’s home to handle his estate. When their estranged brother, Franz, shows up, secrets begin to surface and old resentments boil over as this family is forced to confront their past.

Paulson last appeared on Broadway as Lisa Morrison in “Collected Stories.” Her other Main Stem credits include a turn as Laura Wingfield in the 2005 revival of “The Glass Menagerie” and as a replacement for Tess Goode in “The Sisters Rosensweig.”

She is an Emmy Award winner (and eight-time nominee); she won the prize for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in the anthology series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” She won a Golden Globe for her turn as Linda Tripp in another iteration of the series, “Impeachment: American Crime Story” and starred in such films as “Ocean’s 8,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Post.” Paulson is slated to star in the film adaptation of Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play “Clybourne Park,” directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon.

Directed by Lila Neugebauer, “Appropriate” will mark Jacobs-Jenkins’ Main Stem debut. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his plays “Gloria” and “Everybody.” The playwright is perhaps best known for his Obie Award-winning work “An Octoroon.”

Additional casting and creative team members for “Appropriate” will be announced.

“Appropriate” is being produced by Second Stage Theater’s artistic director Carole Rothman and interim executive director Lisa Lawer Post.