Livingston and Weller are at Odds in LaBute's Dark Dark House; Opens June 7

News   Livingston and Weller are at Odds in LaBute's Dark Dark House; Opens June 7 Ron Livingston, Louisa Krause and Frederick Weller star in MCC Theatre's world premiere of Neil LaBute's In A Dark Dark House, which officially opens June 7 at the Lucille Lortel.
Ron Livingston stars in  In a Dark Dark House.
Ron Livingston stars in In a Dark Dark House. Photo by Joan Marcus

Carolyn Cantor directs the new work that began previews May 16 for a run currently scheduled through June 23.

Set in a "private psychiatric facility," as press materials reveal, In a Dark Dark House finds two brothers who are brought together again as one undergoes court-ordered rehab. The forced reunion brings to light "barely-hidden animosities between the two" and "their troubled legacy, both inside and outside their dark family home."

Livingston is perhaps best known for his work in such films as "Office Space," "The Cooler," "Adaptation" and "Swingers." The actor — who has appeared onstage in Pensacola (Mark Taper Forum), Celebrity (Actors Gang), The Iceman Cometh (Goodman Theatre) and Titus Andronicus (Williamstown) — is also known for his television work on "Band of Brothers," "Standoff," "Sex and the City" and "The Practice."

Krause has appeared regionally in Rocket to the Moon (Long Wharf Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Huntington Theatre), Aida (Ogunquit Playhouse), Side Show, The Cripple of Inishmaan and more. She also appears in the upcoming films "The Babysitters" and "Superheroes."

Weller — recently seen Off-Broadway in Some Men — has also previously worked with LaBute on both the Off-Broadway and film versions of The Shape of Things. The actor has appeared on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross, Seascape, Take Me Out and Off-Broadway in Mother Courage. The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic), Jenny Mannis (costume), Ben Stanton (lighting) and Rob Kaplowitz (music and sound).

Director Cantor recently staged Off-Broadway's Essential Self Defense. The Edge Theater founding artistic director has also directed Orange Flower Water, Stone Cold Dead Serious (for Edge) as well as EVE-olution (Cherry Lane) and Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF).

Weller replaced the previously announced Jason Patric who, according to a recent release, "left the production over creative differences." Patric made his Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and has previously collaborated with LaBute on "Your Friends and Neighbors" and bash: latter-day plays.

MCC continues its relationship with playwright-in-residence LaBute after presenting his The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Fat Pig and Some Girl(s). MCC also produced a one-night benefit evening of his plays, Autobahn. Other LaBute works include bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, This Is How It Goes and Wrecks and the films "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Nurse Betty," "Possession" and "Wicker Man."

Tickets to MCC's In a Dark Dark House at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or online at mcctheater.com.

Frederick Weller and Louisa Krause in a scene from MCC Theater's production of <i> In a Dark Dark House</i>.
Frederick Weller and Louisa Krause in a scene from MCC Theater's production of In a Dark Dark House. Photo by Joan Marcus
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