In His Latest Role, James Franco Will Direct a Play


He’s already penned silver screen projects, helmed independent films, starred on Broadway, and started working on his PhD. Now James Franco, who is always, well, James Franco, is adding another role to his plate: stage director.

The meta-endorsing multi-hyphenate will direct an off-Broadway production of playwright Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift. The drama follows the story of a “dorky teenage boy” who is accused of rape, and after his release from jail nine years later, finds his accuser back in his life. According to a casting call post on Backstage, rehearsals for the production started on June 2 with July 7 as its Rattlestick Playwrights Theater debut.

Long Shrift will run as part of Rattlestick’s 20th anniversary with frequent Franco collaborator Scott Haze starring alongside Ahna O'ReillyBrian LallyAllie Gallerani and Ally Sheedy. It doesn’t look like we’ll see Franco on stage this time around, but we’re sure his next theater role isn’t too far off.

As for those of you who cite Franco’s seamless ability to do it all, he’s giving away a few tools of the trade. Now, you can channel the his screenwriting prowess in an online course where Franco is in charge.

“There’s part of me that also thinks of my younger self, who wasn’t in those film programs, because I really get excited by the idea of being able to share some of our experiences and lessons,” Franco said in a trailer for the class, which he will be teaching with Vince Jolivette. “I think I’m as equipped as any.”

Of course you are, James.