Restoring a Masterpiece: About the Narrator

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman has wrapped production on the film version
of Jack Goes Boating based on the play of the same name. Previously
on stage at The Public in the LAByrinth Theater production, Hoffman reprises
his role of Jack while also stepping behind the camera to make his feature directorial debut. The movie will be released by Overture Films in the fall. Hoffman was last seen in Richard Curtis’ latest project Pirate Radio. Prior to that he starred in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, NY and John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, which garnered Hoffman an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in the independent film The Savages for which he won a Best Actor Spirit Award; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War which also earned him a Best Supporting Actor nod from the Academy and Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. It was Hoffman’s performance in Capote, executive produced through his company, Cooper’s Town Productions for which he earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe and SAG Award. 

Other film credits include Mission Impossible: III, Along Came Polly, Cold Mountain, The Party’s Over, Owning Mahowny, 25th Hour, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love,  Love Liza, Almost Famous, State and Main, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Magnolia, Flawless, Patch Adams, Happiness, The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Twister, Nobody’s Fool, Scent of a Woman and HBO’s Empire Falls.

Hoffman joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995 and was its Co-Artistic Director for over 10 years before he recently stepped down. As an actor, his theater credits include LAByrinth's production of Jack Goes Boating (The Public Theater), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Broadway), The Seagull (The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival), True West (Broadway), Defying Gravity (American Place Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (directed by Peter Sellars), Shopping and F*cking (New York Theatre Workshop) and The Author’s Voice (Drama Department). His recent limited run as Iago in Othello, adapted and directed by Peter Sellars, was performed in Vienna and (for LAByrinth) at NYC’s Public Theater.

His theater directing credits include the world premieres of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings and The Little Flower of East Orange, all written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and produced by LAByrinth.  Hoffman’s celebrated New York production of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the 2001 Fringe First Award, and London’s Donmar Warehouse, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play of 2002.  It then moved on to London’s West End for an extended run at The Arts Theatre. Similarly, his acclaimed production of Our Lady of 121st Street transferred Off Broadway to the Union Square Theater, where it ran for nearly six months.

Additionally Hoffman directed Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living at MCC Theater.  He traveled to Australia to direct Andrew Upton’s Riflemind at the famed Sydney Theater Company and also mounted the play later in London.   Earlier this year, Hoffman directed Brett C. Leonard’s The Long Red Road for the Goodman Theater in Chicago. 

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