LaBute's Wrecks, Starring Ed Harris, Begins L.A. Geffen Run Feb. 4

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Ed Harris appears in Wrecks, the 80-minute solo play written and directed by Neil LaBute, at Geffen Playhouse's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Feb. 4-March 7.
Ed Harris stars in Neil LaBute's Wrecks.
Ed Harris stars in Neil LaBute's Wrecks. Photo by Michal Daniel

Wrecks had its world premiere — starring Obie and Golden Globe winner, four-time Oscar and Tony nominee Harris — in Ireland (2005). It then transferred for an acclaimed run at New York City's Public Theater (2006).

Opening night at L.A.'s Geffen is Feb. 7, after previews.

According to Geffen notes, "Wrecks is a one-act tour de force by Harris, who plays Edward Carr, a used-car salesman who has just lost his wife of 30 years. Set in a funeral home, this stream of conscious monologue lures audiences into Carr's moving story about his extraordinary marriage."

LaBute (Fat Pig, The Shape of Things, bash, Reasons to be Pretty) refers to his work as "a love story," but the playwright is known for his twists. "Laced with passion, humor and a hint of darkness, Wrecks is a symphony of emotions with Harris holding the baton," according to Geffen notes, which add that you can expect heavy herbal cigarette smoking.

In addition to originating the role of Edward Carr in Wrecks at the Everyman Palace Theatre in Ireland as well as reprising it for the New York run in 2006, Harris' theatre credits include Taking Sides, Fool for Love (Obie Award - Outstanding Actor), Precious Sons (Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Actor), Prairie Avenue, Scar, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, Sweet Bird of Youth and Simpatico (Lucille Lortel Award - Best Actor). Harris co-wrote, directed and produced "Appaloosa" and stars in the upcoming films "What's Wrong with Virginia" and Peter Weir's "The Way Back." His feature credits include over 45 other films, including "Gone Baby Gone, National Treasure 2, Copying Beethoven, A History of Violence" (National Society of Film Critics Award), "The Hours" (Academy Award nomination), "Pollock" (Academy Award nomination), which marked his directorial debut, "The Truman Show" (Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination) and "Apollo 13" (SAG Award and Academy Award nomination).

For tickets, call (310) 208-5454. For more information, visit geffenplayhouse.com.

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