Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis and Tom Noonan Join Stars of "Theater of the New Ear" in L.A.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis and Tom Noonan join stage and screen stars Hope Davis, Peter Dinklage and Meryl Streep in the upcoming "Theater of the New Ear," by Academy Award winner Charlie Kaufman and Francis Fregoli at UCLA Live.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh

Presented by UCLA Live and Arts at St. Ann's, the event featuring original sound plays — set to music by Carter Burwell — will play at UCLA Live's Royce Hall, Sept. 14-16. Leigh ("Single White Female," Cabaret, and the upcoming Abigail's Party), Thewlis ("Kingdom of Heaven," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") and Noonan (Buried Child, "Heat") join previously announced stars Davis (Spinning Into Butter, the upcoming "Proof"), Dinklage (Richard III, "The Station Agent") and Streep (The Seagull, "Angels in America") in Charlie Kaufman's Hope Leaves the Theater and Anomalisa by Francis Fregoli. The scribes will direct their own works.

The sound plays will feature actors with scripts in hand joined on stage by a flurry of sound effects and a live band "to create multiple characters and parallel realities," according to production notes. "No film, no sets, no costumes. This will be an evening like none you’ve ever seen — or heard — before."

The design team will include foley artist Marko Costanzo, sound by David Schnirman, lighting by Manuel Lutgenhorst and music performed by Parabola.

Writer Kaufman earned his Oscar for his screenplay to "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" after having been nominated for his "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation." He has also penned "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Human Nature."

For tickets to "Theater of the New Ear" at UCLA Live, call (310) 825-2101. For more information, visit

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