Alfred Molina is Howard Katz in American Premiere of Patrick Marber Play

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Alfred Molina will star in the American debut of Patrick Marber's Howard Katz Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theater early in 2007.
Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina

The Roundabout Theatre company will present the work from the Closer playwright in 2007, to be staged by Doubt's Tony Award-winning Doug Hughes, according to a company spokesperson. Set in London, Howard Katz centers on the downward spiral of the eponymous cutthroat talent agent whose life has taken a turn for the worse. Marber directed the world premiere of his work in June 2001 at London's National Theater's Cottesloe space.

Molina appeared as the villain Dr. Ock in the film "Spider-Man 2," and is currently at work on Ron Howard's film take on "The Da Vinci Code." The London-born actor made his Broadway debut in the 1998 Tony Award-winning play Art opposite Alan Alda and Victor Garber. He returned to Broadway in 2004 to tackle the role of Tevye in the new David Leveaux staging of Fiddler on the Roof. Molina will also star in the upcoming The Cherry Orchard revival with Annette Bening at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum.

London scribe Marber is known for his stageplays including Closer (which he adapted for the recent film), Dealer's Choice and After Miss Julie (which will also made its U.S. debut in Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming Off-Broadway season).

Hughes — who was just honored with the Tony Award for his direction of Doubt — has previously staged Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter and Stephen Belber's McReele at the Roundabout's Off-Broadway home, the Laura Pels Theatre. The director of last year's Frozen also reteams with the non-profit this season on Broadway with Richard Greenberg's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and a revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet.

For more information on the Roundabout, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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