Jason Alexander to Direct L.A. Debut of Sam Shepard's The God of Hell

News   Jason Alexander to Direct L.A. Debut of Sam Shepard's The God of Hell Actor Jason Alexander will direct the upcoming Los Angeles premiere of Sam Shepard's politically-charged drama, The God of Hell, at the Geffen Playhouse.
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The production, which closes the season for the Geffen, is slated to run June 20-July 30. Casting for the California run is yet to be announced.

In The God of Hell, a rural Wisconsin farming couple out of touch with the world of politics find themselves amid a "plot involving military secrets, torture, and mysterious blue sparks" when two unwelcome visitors come to their door.

Randy Quaid, J. Smith-Cameron, Frank Wood and Tim Roth starred in the world premiere of God of Hell ("The" has since been added to the title) at the Actors Studio Drama School Theatre (formerly the Westbeth Theatre Center) in New York. Lou Jacob directed the Off-Broadway production which ran in November 2004. The work has since played in London at the Donmar Warehouse.

Actor-director Shepard is known to the theatre world mainly as a playwright for such works as True West and his Pulitzer Prize winner Buried Child. He recently starred Off-Broadway in Caryl Churchill's A Number which marked his return to the stage after a 30-year absence. On film, he has appeared "Days of Heaven," "The Right Stuff," "Fool for Love," "Crimes of the Heart," "Baby Boom," "Steel Magnolias" and "The Pelican Brief."

Alexander is known to television audiences for his "Seinfeld" turn as George Costanza. The actor has appeared on the Los Angeles boards in The Producers as Max Bialystock. His Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Broadway Bound, Accomplice, The Rink and Jerome Robbins' Broadway — for which he earned a Tony Award. His film credits include "Pretty Woman," "Shallow Hal," "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle," (in voice only) "Aladdin," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Hercules," and the TV movies "Bye Bye Birdie," "Cinderella," and "A Christmas Carol." The Geffen currently houses the Los Angeles debut of his Boston Marriage with stars Rebecca Pidgeon, Mary Steenburgen and Alicia Silverstone as directed by its playwright David Mamet (through March 12). Next up will be a special presentation of Angela Lansbury in Oscar and the Lady in Pink (March 10-12) and Arthur Miller's All My Sons (April 11-May 21) with Len Cariou, Neil Patrick Harris and Laurie Metcalf.

Tickets to All My Sons at the Geffen Playhouse, at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA are available by calling (310) 208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.

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