Frederick Weller Replaces Jason Patric in LaBute's Dark Dark House

News   Frederick Weller Replaces Jason Patric in LaBute's Dark Dark House
 
Frederick Weller will replace the previously announced Jason Patric in the upcoming world premiere of Neil LaBute's In A Dark Dark House due to "creative differences." Weller will join Ron Livingston and Louisa Krause in the new work.
Frederick Weller
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Previews begin May 16 at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre toward a June 7 opening. Carolyn Cantor directs the run currently scheduled through June 23.

According to a release, "Mr. Weller replaces the previously cast Jason Patric, who has left the production over creative differences." Patric made his Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and has previously collaborated with LaBute on "Your Friends and Neighbors" and bash: latter-day plays.

Weller — recently seen Off-Broadway in Some Men — has also previously worked with LaBute on both the Off-Broadway and film versions of The Shape of Things. The actor has appeared on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross, Seascape, Take Me Out and Off-Broadway in Mother Courage.

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Set in a "private psychiatric facility," as materials reveal, In a Dark Dark House finds two brothers who are brought together again as one undergoes court-ordered rehab. The forced reunion brings to light "barely-hidden animosities between the two" and "their troubled legacy, both inside and outside their dark family home." Weller joins Off-Broadway newcomer Krause and well-known film actor Livingston ("Office Space," "The Cooler" and "Swingers"). Livingston — who has appeared onstage in Pensacola (Mark Taper Forum), Celebrity (Actors Gang), The Iceman Cometh (Goodman Theatre) and Titus Andronicus (Williamstown) — is also known for his television work on "Band of Brothers," "Standoff," "Sex and the City" and "The Practice."

The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic), Jenny Mannis (costume), Ben Stanton (lighting) and Rob Kaplowitz (music and sound).

Director Cantor recently staged Off-Broadway's Essential Self Defense. The Edge Theater founding artistic director has also directed Orange Flower Water, Stone Cold Dead Serious (for Edge) as well as EVE-olution (Cherry Lane) and Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF).

Tickets to MCC's In a Dark Dark House at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or online at mcctheater.com.

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