Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, seen on Broadway in Salome and Wait Until Dark, left due to "personal family reasons." The female lead in the highly anticipated show has proved pesky to fill. Renee Zellweger was originally sought for the role, before Tomei was finally drafted.
Peet will join the previously announced Ben Stiller and Jeffrey Wright. Public producer George C. Wolfe (who is exiting the downtown Manhattan not-for-profit to be replaced by Oskar Eustis) will direct the play, set for a March 10-April 10 run. Opening is March 27.
Peet's addition is the second high-profile, last-minute switch the New York stage has seen in the last couple weeks. On Feb. 21, it was announced that Christian Slater would replace Dallas Roberts in Broadway's The Glass Menagerie. The change was revealed four days before the show's first preview.
Peet is known for supporting roles in such films as "Something's Gotta Give," "The Whole Nine Yards," and "Igby Goes Down."
In This Is How It Goes, LaBute trains his eye on a small town in America for what is billed as a "new tale of manipulation, exploitation, race and infidelity," through "the story of an interracial love triangle." Marisa Tomei won an Academy Award for her performance in "My Cousin Vinnie." She made her Broadway debut in 1998 in the revival of Wait Until Dark and was also seen opposite Al Pacino in the staged reading of Salome. Her other theatrical credits include We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!,Waiting for Lefty, Rocket to the Moon, SLAVS! and What the Butler Saw.
Stiller is widely known for his comedic turns in such films as "Meet The Parents," "There's Something About Mary," "The Cable Guy" and "Reality Bites" — directing the latter two. The son of fellow stage veterans Jerry Stiller (Hurlyburly) and Anne Meara (Anna Christie), he has been seen on stage in the Lincoln Center Theater production of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, which began Off-Broadway in 1986 before transferring to Broadway.
LaBute — the scribe behind bash and The Shape of Things — has enjoyed the extension of his recent Off-Broadway work, Fat Pig, and will debut a new solo work, Wrecks, at the Everyman Palace Theatre in southern Ireland's Cork this fall. He also contributed one acts to the recent inaugural Tribeca Theatre Festival and the upcoming MCC Theatre benefit.
Director Wolfe — who directed the upcoming HBO Films version of Lackawanna Blues — is also set to stage Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream this summer — his first Delacorte Theatre assignment since the 1997 mounting of the Bernstein-Comden-Green musical On the Town.
Tickets to This Is How It Goes, at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, are on sale Feb. 18. For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.