Mamet directs Jay in the show, which begins previews Nov. 21 and opens Nov. 22 in the California company's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater for a run — recently extended — through Jan. 27, 2007.
Considered one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists, Jay performs "a fascinating blend of card artistry and verbal chicanery," according to a release. Due to the intimate space (only 96 audience members will be allowed per show), latecomers will not be seated. No one under 17 will be admitted.
Jay also performed his other sleight-of-hand show Ricky Jay: On the Stem Off-Broadway under the direction of Mamet. A constant collaborator with the scribe, he has appeared in such Mamet films as "Heist," "State and Main" and "The Spanish Prisoner" as well as such non-Mamet works as "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "Tomorrow Never Dies." Other credits include "Deadwood" and "Kidnapped."
The Geffen Playhouse currently presents Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking, through Dec. 24. Also slated are David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow (Jan. 30-March 18, 2007), Tom Stoppard's translation of Gérald Sibleyras' Heroes (April 10-May 27, 2007) and Hershey Felder's George Gershwin Alone (June 5-July 22, 2007).
Tickets to Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants at the Geffen Playhouse, located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA can be purchased by calling (310) 208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.