Really Really Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo Will Step Into Off-Broadway Show Feb. 23-24; Kobi Libii Lands Pilot

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21 Feb 2013

Paul Downs Colaizzo
Paul Downs Colaizzo
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Really Really playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo will assume the role of Johnson, normally played by actor Kobi Libii, in his Off-Broadway play Feb. 23-24 while Libii shoots a comedy pilot for Amazon Studios, a press representative for the production confirmed to Playbill.com. 

"Really Really's Kobi Libii booked a pilot!" tweeted playwright Colaizzo Feb. 21. "[Director David] Cromer asked me to play Johnson this weekend. I'm working with the playwright to expand the role." 

Colaizzo will play the Feb. 23 matinee and evening performances as well as the Feb. 24 matinee at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre, where the MCC Theater production continues in an extended engagement through March 24. 

Libii will film the Amazon Studios comedy pilot "Alpha House," written by Garry Trudeau, alongside Mark Consuelos, John Goodman and Yara Martinez. "Alpha House" follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington, D.C. Libii will play Aaron Stimson, a seasoned Capitol Hill vet on one of the Senators' staffs. 

Obie Award winner David Cromer (Tribes, Our Town, The House of Blue Leaves) directed the New York premiere of Really Really that began previews Jan. 31 and officially opened Feb. 19. Really Really was originally scheduled to conclude its run March 10, but will now play an additional two weeks of performances. 



Really Really is the first play in Colaizzo's Want, Give, Get trilogy. His other plays include Little Gives, The Thing About Getting, Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, and For Tomorrow, Please Prepare.

Matt Lauria ("Friday Night Lights," Parenthood"), Zosia Mamet ("Girls," "Mad Men") and Evan Jonigkeit (High) are joined by Lauren Culpepper, who appeared in the premiere of the play at the Signature Theatre last winter, as well as David Hull (Wicked, How to Succeed…), Libii (CQ/CX) and Aleque Reid (Hair).

Really Really, according to MCC, "begins in the hazy aftermath of a wild party when 'the morning after' appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a close circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis (Lauria) and ambitious Leigh (Mamet) turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive."

Read the Playbill magazine feature about Really Really. Here's the Playbill Stage to Sceens interview with "Girls" and Really Really star Zosia Mamet (pronounce it like "Sasha" but with a "Z" — "zashah").

The production has scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by David Wiener and sound design by Daniel Kluger.

For tickets, visit mcctheater.org. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street.

View highlights from the production below: