Hollywood Filmmaker Garry Marshall Finds New York Stage Project, Opening in October
22 Jul 2014
Mike Bencivenga's new play Billy & Ray, a comedy about the birth of film noir, will make its New York debut at the Vineyard Theatre directed by Hollywood veteran Garry Marshall.
Performances will begin Oct. 2 prior to an official opening Oct. 20.
"Billy & Ray, a whip-smart comedy charting the birth of the film noir genre, follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler as they contentiously collaborate to adapt 'Double Indemnity' for the silver screen," press notes state. "Set in 1940's Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic."
Marshall directed the play's world premiere in spring 2013 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA.
Marshall is a five-time Emmy nominee, having created, written and produced the sitcoms "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley," "Mork & Mindy" and "The Odd Couple." He wrote the plays Shelves and The Roast. His film directing credits include "Pretty Woman," "Beaches," "Overboard," "The Princess Diaries 1 & 2," "Runaway Bride," "Valentine’s Day" and "New Year’s Eve."
The cast and creative team of Billy & Ray will be announced at a later date.
The Vineyard's 2014-15 season productions are currently only available by purchasing a membership. Memberships can be purchased by calling (212) 353-0303 or visiting vineyardtheatre.org.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.