Hoffman, Rubin-Vega, Bogosian's Now!, Belber's Story Highlight New LAB Season

News   Hoffman, Rubin-Vega, Bogosian's Now!, Belber's Story Highlight New LAB Season Newly-crowned Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman will star with Rent star Daphne Rubin-Vega and his fellow co-artistic director John Ortiz in the LAByrinth Theater Company's new season which features works by Stephen Belber, Eric Bogosian and more.

Hoffman and Ortiz — who head the Off-Broadway troupe — have announced its upcoming 15th anniversary season — again in residence at The Public Theater. Two Off-Broadway productions, a special limited engagement, two developmental productions and the LAB’s annual free play reading festival, The Barn Series (December 2006) are all planned for the coming year.

The 2006-2006 season (subject to change) will be as follows:

  • A Small, Melodramatic Story by Stephen Belber (Fall 2006)
    LAByrinth Company Members Carlo Alban, Ron Cephas Jones, Chris McGarry and Portia will reprise the roles they created in the 2005-2006 Barn Series reading of this new work. Lucie Tiberghien directs the story of a woman who falls in love with a cop she met through a male friend, but when he discovers secrets about the new beau's past, she struggles with how much about the incident she wants to know.
  • Jack Goes Boating by Bob Glaudini (Winter 2007)
    Beth Cole and Daphne Rubin-Vega star with first-time co-stars Ortiz and Hoffman in this staging by Peter DuBois described thusly: "Swimming lessons. Cooking classes. A random subway attack. Confessions of betrayal. Cocaine paranoia. A best friend's meltdown. How much is too much for a date with someone you've just met?"

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  • This Is Now! by Eric Bogosian and Elliott Sharp (Winter 2007)
    Actor-author Bogosian and musician-composer Sharp collaborate in this special limited engagement where "Monologue becomes conversation." Bogosian tackles "smoking, sainthood and the CIA while Sharp trips out on guitar, sax, temple bells and cyber-sound" in what is billed as an "eighty minute excursion rant/soundscape on the theme of 'now.'"
  • intríngulis by Carlo Alban (Winter 2007)
    Alban inhabits a neighborhood in his solo piece: "Novelist, sniper, television personality, delinquent youth. Window washer, tourist, Beelzebub, idealist youth. Vigilante, rock star wannabe, minuteman, apolitical youth. Illegal immigrant" This previous Barn Series work undergoes a developmental production.
  • Pretty Chin Up by Andrea Ciannavei (Spring 2007)
    "What's the difference between an overweight marketing executive who sells women’s lingerie and diet pills and the starving spokesmodel who peddles the goods for the camera?," is the premise behind this work, which provides the answer "About 100 pounds." Also previously presented as a Barn Series reading, now a developmental production. LABPASS season subscriptions will be made available this summer. For information on how to purchase tickets or a LABPASS, visit www.labtheater.org.

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