PHOTO CALL: Jeff Daniels, Father of the Days

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Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Filmdom's Jeff Daniels commissioned Lanford Wilson to write Book of Days back in 1998 for a world premiere at his Purple Rose Theatre Company. In 2002, the seriocomic play arrived for its Off-Broadway debut Nov. 3. With Daniels is actress Julie Hagerty, star of such films as "Airplane!" and "Storytelling."

Book of Days, set in Dublin, Missouri, concerns a community-theatre actress cast in a local staging of Shaw's St. Joan. The actress becomes involved with a local mystery when the cheese factory owner dies. She and her mother-in-law — a flinty, outspoken onetime hippie who swears, chain smokes and teaches at the local Christian college — lock horns with a local preacher and the factory owner's son. Book of Days, which features Alan Campbell, Miriam Shor and Tuck Milligan, continues at the Peter Norton Space through Dec. 8.

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— By Christine Ehren