Ellen Burstyn to Bloom in Seymour Hoffman's Little Flower

Oscar-winning dame Ellen Burstyn will star in The Little Flower of East Orange, the new Off Broadway play by Stephen Adly Guirgis to be directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. According to Variety, the play is a ghost story set in an upper Manhattan charity hospital and is set to begin previews March 18.

Burstyn is part of an ensemble that includes David Zayas (“Dexter”), Michael Shannon (“Bug”) and Liza Colon-Zayas.

LAByrinth Theater Company produces the show at the Public Theater, where LAByrinth is a resident org.

Hoffman has previously helmed Guirgis plays “Our Lady of 121st Street,” “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” “The Last Night of Judas Iscariot” and “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings.” He is co-a.d. of LAByrinth with John Ortiz and John Gould Rubin.