Hollywood Filmmaker Garry Marshall Finds New York Stage Project, Opening in October

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.