Ralph Fiennes, left, will play Robert Moses in "Straight Line...

Ralph Fiennes, left, will play Robert Moses in "Straight Line Crazy," which begins previews Oct .18. Credit: Newsday; Arturo Holmes/Harvey Weber/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios

Robert Moses played a major role in the development of roads, beaches, parks and more of the landscape of Long Island. Now that role will be the main focus of the new play "Straight Line Crazy" coming to The Shed in Manhattan in October.

Ralph Fiennes will star as Moses in David Hare's drama, which will begin previews Oct. 18 and will open Oct. 26 for a limited run through Dec. 18. The show explores Moses' life and his controversial career, particularly his rise to power in the late 1920s and the controversy that resulted from the corrosive effects of that power in the mid-1950s.

"When I first read 'Straight Line Crazy,' I was compelled by its provocation, humor and, of course, by the portrayal of Robert Moses," said Fiennes in a statement. It seemed its natural home was New York City, and now — thanks to The Shed — the play can be seen there. I'm excited. It's a New York play — that's simply what it is."

"Straight Line Crazy" was presented by the London Theatre Company at The Bridge Theatre in London in March, where it enjoyed a successful run through June 18. The New York production will also feature a series of post-show discussions about the Moses and his continued impact on New York City and Long Island. Details on the talkbacks will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for "Straight Line Crazy" can be purchased at theshed.org.

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