Malkovich to Direct El Buen Canario (The Good Canary) in Mexico City

News   Malkovich to Direct El Buen Canario (The Good Canary) in Mexico City John Malkovich, who previously directed a production of The Good Canary in Paris, will now direct a Spanish-language version of Zach Helm's play in Mexico City.

El Buen Canario is scheduled to play a ten-week limited engagement at Mexico City's Teatro de Los Insurgentes beginning Nov. 26.

Mexican actor Diego Luna, who has been seen in the films "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "The Terminal," will head the cast. Luna also starred in a limited run of Festen in 2006 in Mexico City. Luna will be joined onstage by Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Bruno Bichir, Irene Azuela and Yuriria del Valle.

El Buen Canario, according to press notes, "follows a frustrated writer struggling with his wife's addiction to amphetamines."

Playwright Helm also penned the screenplay for "Stranger Than Fiction."

John Malkovich was the first member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company to break out into wider fame. Following a New York transfer in True West, Malkovich began winning praise for film performances in "The Killing Fields," "Places in the Heart," "Dangerous Liaisons" and "In the Line of Fire." He played a version of himself in 1999's surreal "Being John Malkovich." Tickets will be available beginning Oct. 28 by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.mx or by calling (55)53 25 9000.

(l.-r.) Yuriria del Valle, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Irene Azuela, John Malkovich, Diego Luna and Bruno Bichir.
(l.-r.) Yuriria del Valle, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Irene Azuela, John Malkovich, Diego Luna and Bruno Bichir.