Richard Chamberlain, Brooke Shields, Stephen Bogardus, Manoel Felciano Cast in World Premiere of The Exorcist

Casting has been announced for playwright John Pielmeier’s The Exorcist, a stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty's famous 1971 novel, which will begin performances at the Geffen Playhouse's Gil Cates Theater July 3.

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields

Directed by Tony winner John Doyle, the world-premiere production will officially open July 11.

The cast will be headed by stage and screen stars Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, who will take on the roles of Chris MacNeil (the troubled girl's mother) and Father Merrin (the older priest).

Joining Shields and Chamberlain on stage is Broadway actor David Wilson Barnes as the troubled young priest Father Damien Karras, Tony Award nominee Harry Groener as Chris' charismatic director Burke Dennings and Emily Yetter as young Regan MacNeil. The world-premiere cast also includes Stephen Bogardus, Manoel Felciano, Tom Nelis and Roslyn Ruff.

The upcoming production, according to press notes, "transforms the unsettling battles of good versus evil, faith versus fact and ego versus ethos into a uniquely theatrical experience as sophisticated as it is suspenseful."

"The story of the battle between faith and evil needed no spinning heads or green vomit," said playwright Pielmeier in a statement. "The horror should unfold instead on a simple set with an incredible cast (which we absolutely have), and the central conflict between doubting Father Karras and the demon should be a series of debates, in which the young girl possessed is the least of the figures present."

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