Maggie Gyllenhaal Exits MCC Theater's The Village Bike
13 Feb 2014
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Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal has withdrawn from the MCC Theater production of Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike, which is scheduled to begin performances in May at the Lucille Lortel Theater.
The American premiere of Skinner's play, which will be staged by Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation), is set to officially open June 9. Gyllenhaal's replacement has not been named.
Gyllenhaal ("Crazy Heart," "Secretary"), who exited the production due to scheduling conflicts, was recently announced to make her Broadway debut opposite stage and screen actor Ewan McGregor in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing this fall.
According to MCC, "In Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike, Becky is pregnant – and friskier than ever. But she can't seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby's months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she'd go."
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.