In its place, the Off-Broadway company has announced that David Schwimmer ("Friends," Caine Mutiny Court-Martial) will direct the premiere of Stephen Belber's Fault Lines, which begins previews Sept. 22 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Set to appear in Fault Lines are Noah Emmerich, Dominic Fumusa, Josh Lucas and Jennifer Mudge. The production will officially open Sept. 30.
A reason was not provided regarding the cancellation of Pugliese's The Talk.
Geoffrey Nauffts, artistic director of Naked Angels said in a statement, "Having had such a wonderfully collaborative experience with Steve on our production of Tape in New York, Los Angeles and London, Naked Angels is thrilled to be teaming up with him once again for what just might be arguably his most hilariously disturbing play yet."
Press notes for Fault Lines read: "Whole Foods, Edie Brickell and mini-hot dogs abound in this dark and twisted new comedy, in which a seemingly ordinary boys' night out turns sour for two friends when a stranger forces them to delineate the boundaries between loyalty, conviction and betrayal." Designing Fault Lines are Cameron Anderson (set design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Mattie Ullrich (costume design), Bart Fasbender (sound design) and Matt Hodges (props). The production is presented by Dark Harbor Stories and Olympus Theatricals in association with The Araca Group and New York Stage & Film.
Belber's plays include Match, A Small, Melodramatic Story, Tape, One Million Butterflies and Carol Mulroney. His screen credits include "Rescue Me," "Law & Order: SVU," "Tape," "The Laramie Project" and the forthcoming film "Management." His play Geometry of Fire will receive its premiere at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in November.
Show times will be Thursday-Saturday and Monday at 8 PM, Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets, priced $60, are available by calling (212) 239-2969 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.
The Cherry Lane Theatre is located in Manhattan at 38 Commerce Street.
For more information go to www.nakedangels.com.