Farragut North, With Pine, Noth, Barron, Bittner, Whitlock, Thirlby and Huen, Opens in L.A.

News   Farragut North, With Pine, Noth, Barron, Bittner, Whitlock, Thirlby and Huen, Opens in L.A. The West Coast premiere of Farragut North, featuring Chris Noth and Chris Pine — the new Capt. Kirk of the feature film "Star Trek" — opens June 24 at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Previews began June 16.
Chris Noth
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Like Noth ("Law & Order," "Sex and the City"), Dan Bittner (The Vertical Hour on Broadway, "Adventureland"), Olivia Thirlby ("Juno") and Isiah Whitlock Jr. ("The Wire") reprise their New York City roles in the new staging at the Geffen.

Mia Barron (The Coast of Utopia) and Justin Huen are new to the production, as is Pine.

Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs Beau Willimon's Washington, DC-set political drama, as he did for Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway. Farragut North was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.

Pine, who is starring as the young Capt. Kirk in the new film "Star Trek," which opened May 8 and earned $76.5 million in its first weekend (a sequel is planned), was recently seen in the Geffen's production of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig.

* According to Geffen Playhouse, "Set against the backdrop of a close presidential race, Farragut North is a timely tale of hubris, loyalty and the lust for power. Chris Pine takes on the role of Stephen, a young press secretary working for a fast-rising candidate. With confidence and power beyond his years, Stephen is convinced he and seasoned campaign manager, Paul, played by Chris Noth, can steer this team into the west wing without breaking a sweat. But that doesn't mean it won't take some spin. Working to snag positive coverage for his candidate, Stephen works with Ida Horowicz, a savvy New York Times reporter, played by Mia Barron. Watching Stephen in awe as he works the system, is deputy press secretary Ben played by Dan Bittner. Enter Olivia Thirlby as Molly, the bright-eyed flirtatious intern, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the conniving campaign manager for the rival candidate, and Stephen's invincibility gets a run of its own."

The play, named after a subway stop/neighborhood on the DC subway line, is a 2007 recipient of an Edgerton Foundation grant for New American Plays.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. is developing a feature film adaptation of the play.

Performances continue to July 26.

The creative team includes set designer David Korins, costume designer Cathy Zuber, lighting designer Paul Gallo, sound designers David Van Tieghem and Walter Trarbach, composer David Van Tieghem. Video collages are by Joshua White and Bec Stupak.

Geffen Playhouse is at 10886 Le Conte Ave. in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles. For more information, visit GeffenPlayhouse.com or call (310) 208-5454 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Chris Pine and Olivia Thirlby
Chris Pine and Olivia Thirlby Photo by Michael Lamont