Controversial Stitching Extends Off-Broadway to Aug. 2; Ventimiglia Joins Cast

News   Controversial Stitching Extends Off-Broadway to Aug. 2; Ventimiglia Joins Cast Popular demand has prompted a two-week extension of the U.S. premiere of Anthony Neilson's Stitching, the new dark play about a couple who play disturbing games. The Off-Broadway run at The Wild Project will now play to Aug. 2.

Directed by Timothy Haskell and featuring Meital Dohan (Showtime's "Weeds"), the play opened to strong reviews on June 25, began previews on June 17 and was originally slated to run through July 19.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the role of Stu, previously played by Gian-Murray Gianino, will be played by John Ventimiglia (HBO's "The Sopranos") for this extension.

The Wild Project is located at 195 East Third Street in Manhattan.

"Stu and Abby love each other so madly, they're driving each other crazy," according to production notes. "Stitching follows the increasingly disturbing and inventive games the couple plays in order to connect. As they circle and test each other, they role-play with reality and fantasy to the point where even they don't seem sure what is real anymore. When Abby discovers she's pregnant, the choices they make will haunt them forever. The visceral poetry and physicality between the lovers creates a surprisingly tender, often humorous, brutal romance. Stitching challenges the notions of modern romance in an increasingly complex world."

Playwright Neilson is part of the "In-Yer-Face Theatre" movement that is rocking Britain, where Stitching was a controversial hit. His plays include The Menu (National Theatre), Welfare My Lovely, Normal, Penetrator, The Years of the Family, Heredity, The Censor (winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play 1997), Amazing Feats of Loneliness, The Lying Kind (Royal Court) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia. Neilson directed the U.K. premiere of the John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer for Edinburgh International Festival/Scottish Opera (Herald Angel Award).

His new play Relocated opened in March at London's Royal Court Theatre.

Stitching plays the following schedule through Aug. 2: Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 PM; Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM at The Wild Project. There will be no performance on July 21 or July 22. Tickets are $45 and can be arranged through www.StitchingThePlay.com or by calling (212) 352-3101.