"Switzerland," by Joanna Murray-Smith, is set to open March 13 and will run through April 19 at the Geffen's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Previews are slated to start March 6. (The dates for the play have changed slightly from the company's season announcement last year.)
The engagement will mark the U.S. premiere of "Switzerland" after its debut last year at the Sydney Theatre Co. in Australia, where it was performed with a different cast.
Murray-Smith, who hails from Australia, has become a familiar name at the Geffen, which has produced a number of her plays, including "The Female of the Species" and "The Gift." Mark Brokaw will direct the Geffen's staging of "Switzerland."
Highsmith wrote many mystery novels during her long career, most notably the Tom Ripley series and
The Texas-born writer spent much of her adult life in Europe. She died in 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.
Linney has performed numerous roles on stage, including a 2010 production of "Time Stands Still" by Donald Margulies on Broadway that earned her a Tony Award nomination. Numrich recently appeared in a London production of "Sweet Bird of Youth" and on Broadway in the plays
The Geffen commissioned "Switzerland" and granted production rights to the Sydney Theatre Co. for the co-world premiere.