Kellner Exits Off-Broadway's Hurlyburly; Understudy Ruppe Takes Over

News   Kellner Exits Off-Broadway's Hurlyburly; Understudy Ruppe Takes Over
 
Catherine Kellner will leave Off-Broadway's Hurlyburly due to personal reasons, a production spokesperson confirmed. Understudy Diana Ruppe will perform in her absence until a permanent replacement is chosen.

Kellner has appeared on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh and Off-Broadway in The Long Christmas Ride Home, You Never Can Tell, Minutes from The Blue Route, Refuge, Escape from Happiness and Troilus and Cressida. Her film credits include "Pearl Harbor," "Six Degrees of Separation," "200 Cigarettes" and the upcoming "Outpatient," "The Grey" and "Alchemy."

Ruppe will be in the ensemble of the upcoming Atlantic Theater Company world premiere of Tom Donaghy's The Cherry Orchard adaptation. The actress has also appeared on stage in Changing of the Guard, (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Fathers, Theft, In the Car (The Drilling Company), Father Joy (O'Neill Theater Center) and the film "Henry Fool."

Following its recent run through March 19 at the Acorn Theatre, the staging by New Group artistic director Scott Elliott (Aunt Dan and Lemon) with a revised script by Rabe began anew April 11 at the new 499-seat theatre.

Interspersed with 80's music (Talking Heads, Queen and David Bowie) and occasional glimpses of the world through the set's pre-remote-controlled television ("The Smurfs," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"), Rabe's revised drama follows the lives of four men working the Hollywood machine. The quartet pontificate on their ex-wives, friendships and work while enduring life through vices (drugs, alcohol and women).

The starry company, who return for the new Off-Broadway run, is known for their work on screen as well as stage. Hawke's credits include Henry IV and "Reality Bites"; Shawn's include Aunt Dan and Lemon and "The Princess Bride"; Posey has been in Fifth of July and "Waiting for Guffman"; Bobby Cannavale has acted in Fucking A and "The Station Agent"; Josh Hamilton was featured in Proof and "With Honors"; and Halley Wegryn Gross appeared in True Love and "Third Watch". Hurlyburly began previews at the Acorn Theatre Jan. 11 opened Jan. 27 to positive critical response. The run, originally set through March 5, then added two more weeks of performances.

The new run is produced by New Group in association with Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum and The Kennedy/Marshall Company.

The design team of Hurlyburly includes Derek McLane (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Jason Lyons (lights) and Ken Travis (sound). J. Steven White serves as fight director while Valerie Peterson is production stage manager.

Tickets to Hurlyburly at 37 Arts, 450 West 37th Street (near 10th Ave.) are available by calling (212) 307-4100.

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