Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior Will Get Fall World Premiere; Doug Hughes to Direct

News   Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior Will Get Fall World Premiere; Doug Hughes to Direct
 
A Theresa Rebeck play previously announced for the Mark Taper Forum will be replaced by a play by…Theresa Rebeck. Center Theatre Group announced on May 4 that instead of producing The Novelist this fall, it will stage the world premiere of Poor Behavior.

Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) will direct the play "about lust and deception, marriage and fidelity," to run Sept. 7-Oct. 16. Opening night is Sept. 18.

"I'm a fan of Theresa's work and was looking forward to working with her on The Novelist," CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie said in a statement. "But we couldn't pass up the opportunity to produce the world premiere of her newest play, Poor Behavior. It is a wickedly funny and insightful piece and I can't wait to see it on the Taper stage."

According to CTG, "In Poor Behavior, a drunken late night argument about morality, history and ethics careens out of control, leaving two marriages and four lives in its wake. Over the course of two demented days in a lovely country house, this dark adult comedy asks the question: Is it adultery if they already think you've done it?"

The play is presented at the Taper by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn and features set design by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Obie Award winner David Van Tieghem.

The production reunites Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebeck with director Hughes, who previously collaborated in 2007 on Rebeck's Broadway debut, Mauritius. Hughes is currently represented by the new Broadway production of Born Yesterday. Rebeck's plays include The Scene, The Water's Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, Bad Dates, Our House, View of the Dome, Omnium Gatherum (co-written with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004) and The Understudy. She has written two novels, "Three Girls and Their Brother" and "Twelve Rooms with a View."

She is also an award-winning writer and producer for television, including the shows "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Dream On," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue," among others.

Tickets and information are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org or the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, or by calling (213) 628-2772.

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