Playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who created ABC’s Brothers and Sisters as well as the successful Off Broadway plays The Substance of Fire and A Fair Country, reportedly has two new stage plays bound for Broadway in the next year. Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel announced plans to bring Baitz’s Love and Mercy — about a former matinee idol turned ambassador, his screenwriter wife, and their novelist daughter — to Broadway during the 2010-11 season. The show would be Baitz’s Broadway debut.
Separately, the New York Times reported that Baitz is writing a play about the checkered career of Robert Evans, a child star turned the studio exec and film producer behind both hits (The Godfather) and flops (The Cotton Club). Evans, 79, is a notorious raconteur of the Hollywood scene, as he proved in a 1994 memoir and 2002 documentary that were both titled The Kid Stays in the Picture (he has also written an unpublished follow-up memoir, The Fat Lady Sang). Producers hope to mount the Evans-inspired show in the next year, under the direction of film/stage veteran Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal).