Judith Light and Lily Rabe To Star in MCC Theatre's Colder Than Here Off-Broadway

News   Judith Light and Lily Rabe To Star in MCC Theatre's Colder Than Here Off-Broadway Judith Light and Lily Rabe will play the mother and daughter in the upcoming MCC Theatre's Off-Broadway season opener, Colder Than Here, Playbill.com has learned.
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Lily Rabe Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Soho Theatre Company artistic director Abigail Morris stages the new work which will run Sept. 7-Oct. 15 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

The drama by Wade (Breathing Corpses) centers around "Myra, the perfect homemaker… industrious, ultra organized… puts her full attention to organizing every detail of her own impending funeral." Colder Than Here made its world premiere at London's Soho Theatre in February 2005 with Morris directing a cast that included Margot Leicester, Georgia Mackenzie, Anna Madeley and Michael Pennington.

Light, known to television audiences for her role as matriarch in "Who's the Boss?," has previously collaborated with MCC on Wit — both Off-Broadway (replacing original star Kathleen Chalfant) and for the national tour. Her other stage credits include Broadway's A Doll's House (1975) and Herzl (1976) and Off Broadway's Measure For Measure and Sorrows and Rejoicings.

Rabe — real-life daughter to actress Jill Clayburgh (upcoming A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Barefoot in the Park) and playwright David Rabe (Hurlyburly) — was recently lauded for her current Broadway debut in Steel Magnolias. Other credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas workshop, White Jesus, Speaking Well of the Dead, The Crazy Girl and film roles in "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Never Again."

MCC's 20th anniversary season will also include Underneath The Lintel playwright Glen Berger's The Wooden Breeks (Feb. 2-March 11, 2006) directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) and the Fat Pig team of playwright Neil Labute (This Is How It Goes) and director Jo Bonney (Living Out) reunite for the world premiere of Swallowing Bicycles (May 17-June 24, 2006). Subscriptions to the MCC season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street (between Bleecker and Hudson Streets), are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit www.mcctheater.com.