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Annette Bening, Jessica Collins, Jessica Hecht play sisters in 'King Lear' led by John Lithgow

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2013 file photo shows actress Annette Bening at the premiere of

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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2013 file photo shows actress Annette Bening at the premiere of "The Face of Love" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Bening, Jessica Collins and Jessica Hecht will play sisters opposite John Lithgow as their addled father this summer in “King Lear” in Central Park. The Public Theater said Tuesday, May 20, 2014, that Bening will play Goneril, Collins will play Cordelia and Hecht will play Regan. Performances begin July 22 and run through Aug. 17. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Annette Bening, Jessica Collins and Jessica Hecht will play sisters opposite John Lithgow as their addled father this summer in "King Lear" in Central Park.

The Public Theater said Tuesday that Bening will play Goneril, Collins will play Cordelia and Hecht will play Regan. Performances begin July 22 and run through Aug. 17. Daniel Sullivan will direct.

Benning has received Oscar nominations for her performances in "The Grifters," ''American Beauty," ''Being Julie" and "The Kids Are All Right." She last appeared on Broadway in 1988 in "Coastal Disturbances."

"King Lear" is the second Shakespeare in the Park show, following "Much Ado About Nothing" starring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe from June 3-July 6.

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Online: http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org

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