Filmdom's Bill Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl are celebrating the Independence Day holiday by taking a little time off from The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?. Pullman will take the beginning of the theatre week, missing the July 1-3 performances. Ruehl will take off the end of the week, July 5-7.
Stephen Schnetzer, who is the Ross standby, will play Pullman's role; Felicity LaFortune is Ruehl's standby. Schnetzer's credits include Filumenia, Lisbon Traviata and The Tempest with Anthony Hopkins.
Nominated for a 2002 Tony Award for The Goat, Ruehl won the award for Lost in Yonkers and an Academy Award for "The Fisher King." Last season, she starred as Martha opposite Patrick Stewart in Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf/ at the Guthrie Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Rose Tattoo and Other People's Money.
Known for roles in "While You Were Sleeping," "Lost Highway" and "Independence Day," Pullman played Off Broadway in Curse of the Starving Class and Life and Limb. He appeared in Los Angeles in All My Sons.
David Esbjornson's directs. Esbjornson found success with Albee's The Play About the Baby Off-Broadway, as well as Albee's Who's Afraid of Virigina Woolf? at the Guthrie Theatre. Ruehl plays Pullman's wife, Stevie, billed in casting notices as "a woman of intellect and passion...capable of wit, rage, compassion and great power." Pullman plays Martin, an architect, who may be sleeping with something or someone not human (think of the title). Jeffrey Carlson (Romeo in the McCarter Theatre's Romeo and Juliet) is their son, Billy. Martin's best friend, the host of a Charlie Rose-type interview program, is played by Stephen Rowe (Some Americans Abroad, Second Stage's Tiny Alice).
Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth, Terry Allen Kramer, Scott Rudin, Fred Zollo, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Scott Rudin and Fred Zollo produce The Goat. Designers are John Arnone (set), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes) and Mark Bennett (sound). Previews began Feb. 16.
The playwright, best known for his landmark Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, recently enjoyed a well-received revival of his Tiny Alice at Off-Broadway's Second Stage. The remounting of the drama — which was reviled in its 1963 premiere — was embraced by many critics and, as a result, extended its run. His Occupant and All Over, the latter at the Roundabout's Gramercy Theatre, have also been revived in the 2002 season.
Albee's other past plays include the trio of Pulitzer Prize winning works, A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women, as well as the short works The Zoo Story and The American Dream.
Tickets are $65-$75. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Goat plays at the Golden Theatre, where it opened March 10.