Rabe and Gleason Will Join Giamatti and Straithairn for L.A. Theatre Works' Rivalry

News   Rabe and Gleason Will Join Giamatti and Straithairn for L.A. Theatre Works' Rivalry Actress Lily Rabe will join the previously announced Oscar nominees Paul Giamatti and David Straithairn in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Norman Corwin's The Rivalry.

Rabe (Heartbreak House, Steel Magnolias) and James Gleason complete the casting for Corwin's historical drama that will run Oct. 15-19 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Eric Simonson directs the production that will be recorded and subsequently broadcast on L.A.T.W.'s nationally syndicated radio theatre series "The Play's the Thing."

The Rivalry, based on direct transcripts from the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, "recreates the face off between Abraham Lincoln, rising Illinois legislator and abolitionist candidate of the newly formed Republican party, and Senator Stephen A. Douglas, the Democratic incumbent and champion of states' rights… Their battle comes to life through the eyes of Adele Douglas (Lily Rabe), wife of candidate Stephen Douglas. Challenged by the charming man from Illinois, she reexamines her basic beliefs about the American concept of freedom."

In keeping with the play's political themes, a live viewing of the third Obama-McCain debate, followed by analysis by an historian of presidential debates, will be offered prior to the Oct. 15 evening performance.

For tickets, priced $20-$48, to any of "The Play's The Thing" productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889. For more information visit latw.org.