Halley Wegryn Gross (True Love) joins the previously announced ensemble featuring Ethan Hawke, Wallace Shawn, Parker Posey, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Hamilton and Catherine Kellner for the New Group's mounting of the David Rabe play.
New Group artistic director Scott Elliott (Aunt Dan and Lemon) will stage the work for his troupe at Theatre Row — where the company is in residence. The play will begin Jan. 11, 2005 and open Jan. 27 for a run through March 5, 2005.
Rabe's Los Angeles-set drama follows the lives of four men "caught in love-hate relationships with Hollywood and women," according to a release. The play ran Off Broadway in 1984 with a cast that included William Hurt, Judith Ivey, Harvey Keitel, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Silver, Jerry Stiller and Sigourney Weaver. The work then transferred to Broadway garnering four Tony nominations (with one win for Ivey). Rabe later adapted it for the screen for the 1998 film starring Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Anna Paquin, Meg Ryan, Chazz Palminteri and Robin Wright Penn.
The starry company is known for their work on screen as well as stage: Hawke (Henry IV, "Reality Bites"), Shawn (Aunt Dan and Lemon, "The Princess Bride"), Posey (Fifth of July, "Waiting for Guffman"), Cannavale (Fucking A, "The Station Agent"), Hamilton (Proof, "With Honors") and Kellner (The Long Christmas Ride Home, "200 Cigarettes"). The New Group will next co-present (with The Play Company) the American premiere of Sascha Dugdale translation of Vladimir and Oleg Presnyakov's Terrorism directed by James Lapine (Into The Woods, Fran's Bed).
Tickets to Hurlyburly at The New Group's home at Theatre Row, 410 West 42 St., are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information on The New Group, visit www.thenewgroup.org.