Long ("Jeepers Creepers," "Galaxy Quest"), who was to portray Romeo opposite Wood's Juliet in the Shakespeare tragedy, has withdrawn from the production due to scheduling conflicts with an upcoming film. North Carolina native Kyle Perren will assume the role for the benefit production, which runs May 15-17.
Wood's brother, Ira David Wood, IV will direct and appear as Mercutio in the production, which also stars Ira David Wood, III (father to Evan and Ira) in the role of Capulet and Linda Clark as Lady Capulet.
The cast also features David Henderson (Friar Lawrence), Rasool Jahan (The Nurse), Michael Murray (Tybalt), John McIlwee (Montague), Andrea Schulz Twiss (Lady Montague), Matthew Rubolino (Benvolio), Rob Rainbolt (Gregory), James Hampton Rowe (Sampson), James Miller (Paris), D. Anthony Pender (Prince Escalus), Tim Caudle (Peter), Samuel Whisnant (Abraham), Jackson Bloom (Balthazar), Brent Simpson (Friar John) and chorus members Mattney Beck, Emily Gardenhire, Rita Glynn, Mike Raab and Bridget Russell.
Evan Rachel Wood, who has appeared in such films as "The Wrestler," "Across the Universe," "Running with Scissors" and "Thirteen," recently revealed that she will make her Broadway debut in the new musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. While Wood has participated in readings of the musical, no official casting announcement has been made.
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