Silverstone, Germann and Tenney Open in L.A. Speed-the-Plow Feb. 7

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Screen stars Alicia Silverstone, Greg Germann and Jon Tenney open the Geffen Playhouse production of David Mamet's Hollywood satire Speed-the-Plow Feb. 7.
Greg Germann and Jon Tenney star in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow at the Geffen Playhouse.
Greg Germann and Jon Tenney star in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael Lamont

Geffen artistic director Randall Arney directs the production, which began previews Jan. 30 on the California theatre's main stage for a run through March 25.

Speed-the-Plow "delves into the world of studio executive Bobby Gould, who must choose between green-lighting a formulaic prison-breakout drama with a big star attached, and an obscure mystical novel about the end of the world," according to production notes.

Germann — seen on "Ally McBeal" and currently on "In Case of Emergency" — plays the role of Charlie Fox. The actor has appeared onstage in Assassins, Biloxi Blues, A Narrow Bed, Remedial English, Apocalyptic Butterflies, The Person I Once Was and War Games as well as in the films "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Friends with Money," "Joe Somebody" and "Sweet November."

Silverstone played on Broadway in The Graduate and in the Geffen's run of Boston Marriage. The actress — who plays Karen — is well-known for her film turns in "Clueless," "The Crush," "Batman and Robin," "Blast From the Past," "Love's Labour's Lost" and "Beauty Shop.” She appeared on TV in "Miss Match" and will be seen in the forthcoming "Singles Table."

Tenney, of the cable series "The Closer," takes on the role of Gould. He has been seen on Broadway in The Heiress and Off-Broadway in Tartuffe, The Impossible Marriage, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, The Substance of Fire, Sweet Sue, Beggars in the House of Plenty and the national tour of The Real Thing. Other credits include the films "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," "You Can Count on Me," "With Friends Like These," "Fools Rush In," "Tombstone" and "Nixon.” The Mamet play opened on Broadway in 1988 in a production directed by Gregory Mosher and starring Joe Mantegna (as Bobby Gould), Ron Silver (Charlie Fox) and Madonna (Karen).

The Geffen design team features Robert Blackman (scenic and costume) and Daniel Ionazzi (lighting). Michelle Magaldi serves as production stage manager.

The Geffen Playhouse also currently presents Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso, starring Peter Michael Goetz and Roma Downey (through March 25). Next up will be Tom Stoppard's translation of Gérald Sibleyras' Heroes (April 10-May 27), Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (May 5-July 15) and Hershey Felder's George Gershwin Alone (June 5-July 22).

Tickets to Speed-the-Plow at the Geffen Playhouse, located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA can be purchased by calling (310) 208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.

Jon Tenney and Alicia Silverstone star in David Mamet's <i>Speed-the-Plow</i> at the Geffen Playhouse.
Jon Tenney and Alicia Silverstone star in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael Lamont
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