The Scene, with Shalhoub and Heaton, Opens Off-Broadway Jan. 11

News   The Scene, with Shalhoub and Heaton, Opens Off-Broadway Jan. 11 Television stars Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") join Christopher Evan Welch and original cast member Anna Camp to open the Off-Broadway run of Theresa Rebeck's The Scene Jan. 11.

Rebecca Taichman directs the New York debut of the work that began previews Dec. 14 at Second Stage Theatre for a run slated through Feb. 4.

Rebeck returns to Second Stage (following the run of her The Water's Edge last season) to offer her tale of an out-of-work New York actor (Shalhoub) — married to a news producer (Heaton) — who has an affair with a fresh-faced Ohioan ingenue (Camp) and finds himself more morally and spiritually lost than he was before.

Shalhoub's stage credits include a Tony Award-nominated turn in Conversations with My Father as well as Broadway's The Heidi Chronicles and a 1985 revival of The Odd Couple. Other appearances include Waiting for Godot (CSC Theatre) and the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry IV Part I and Richard III. Shalhoub is also known for his television work in "Wings," "Stark Raving Mad" and his current role in "Monk" as well as the films "Big Night," "Men in Black" and "Galaxy Quest." This role marks his return to the stage for the first time in eight years.

Heaton is widely recognized for her two-time Emmy-winning turn as wife Debra Barone on CBS' concluded series "Everybody Loves Raymond." The actress has also been seen in TNT's "The Engagement Ring" and ABC's "The Path to 9/11," and she co-starred with Jeff Daniels in a TNT remake of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl." She began her career on the New York stage and made her Broadway debut in Don't Get God Started.

Anna Camp — seen recently Off-Broadway in columbinus at New York Theatre Workshop — reprises her turn as the young, naive Ohio girl, which she played to acclaim in the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Last seen on Broadway in Festen, Welch's credits also include The Crucible, London Assurance and Off-Broadway's The Pain and the Itch, Romance, Writer's Block, A Skull in Connemara, A Streetcar Named Desire and Scapin. His film work includes "The Hoax," "The Good Shepherd," "The Interpreter," "War of the Worlds," "The Stepford Wives," "Keane" and "Marie and Bruce."

The Scene design team features Derek McLane (set), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting) and Martin Desjardins (sound). Kelly Hance serves as production stage manager.

Second Stage Theatre continues beyond The Scene with Terrence McNally's Some Men (Feb. 23-April 15) as well as Sarah Ruhl's re-imagining of the classic myth Eurydice (starting May 29).

Tickets to The Scene at Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street (just off Eighth Ave.), are available by calling (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048. For more information, go to www.SecondStageTheatre.com.