Amanda Plummer to Star in Off-Broadway's Bug, Beginning Feb. 21

News   Amanda Plummer to Star in Off-Broadway's Bug, Beginning Feb. 21 Bug will reunite the Off-Broadway team of playwright Tracy Letts, producer Scott Morfee, and actors Amanda Plummer and Michael Shannon. The quartet worked with success on the 1998's Killer Joe, which played to full houses at the Soho Playhouse.
Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer

Bug will begins previews Feb. 21 and open Feb. 29 at the Barrow Street Theatre (formerly the Greenwich House, home of the Drama Dept.), which Morfee now manages and plans to expand. Also in the cast are Chicago actress Amy Landecker and legit veteran Reed Birney, confirmed Morfee. Dexter Bullard, a known quantity in Chicago—Letts' stomping ground—but new to New York theatre circles, will direct. Morfee's co-producers are Amy Danis and Mark Johannes.

The drama had its American premiere March 18, 2000, at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington DC. Wilson Milam, who staged the London premiere of Bug, helmed the DC run. Deborah Hazlett, Brian Hemmingsen, Kate Norris, Eric Sutton and Stephen Schmidt starred in the darkly quirky play about a 40-year-old woman named Agnes who hides from her ex-con husband in the motel outside Oklahoma City. While partying with a girlfriend, she meets Peter, who begins to see bugs everywhere.

Letts' Killer Joe was first produced by Hired Gun Productions in Chicago. Its New York premiere came in 1994 at 29th Street Rep, where it ran for 12 weeks.

Joe has since been performed at the Edinburgh Festival, in London, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Australia and Germany, and in 1999 completed a successful Off-Broadway revival whose various casts included Amanda Plummer, Scott Glenn, Lori Petty and Michelle Williams.

Letts' latest play, Man from Nebraska, recently played Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.