Tammy Blanchard, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Michael Chernus Join MCC Theater's Neil LaBute Benefit

Emmy Award winner Tammy Blanchard, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Michael Chernus have joined the cast of MCC Theater's The Heart of the Matter, a collection of short plays by Tony-nominated playwright Neil LaBute.

The limited benefit run is scheduled for June 13-16 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Carolyn Cantor ( Regrets, In A Dark Dark House) will direct a cast that includes the previously announced Cheyenne Jackson ("30 Rock," Finian's Rainbow, Xanadu), Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Entourage," "The Borgias") and Krysten Ritter ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," All New People).

Blanchard ( Gypsy, How to Succeed, "Me and My Shadows"), Thomas ( The Submission, "American Pie") and Chernus ( In The Wake, The Aliens) complete the cast.

Here's how it's billed: "When acclaimed playwright-provocateur Neil LaBute turns his acid wit to affairs of the heart, one thing is certain...there will be blood! Passion, emotion, sexual negotiation, and infidelity all converge in this collection of recent one-act plays, each featuring a pair of lovers in crisis. The Heart of the Matter is an attempt to comprehend the true nature of love (or at least the fallout it can leave behind)."

Proceeds will support MCC Theater's Playwrights' Coalition program, free PlayLab reading series and literary development activities. Tickets, priced between $39 and $99, may be purchased by visiting MCCTheater.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. A limited number of $25 tickets, for theatregoers under 30, are also available at mcctheater.org/25under30.html.

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street.