Jan Maxwell Will Be Entertaining Mr. Sloane While Emery Stays at Abigail’s Party

News   Jan Maxwell Will Be Entertaining Mr. Sloane While Emery Stays at Abigail’s Party
Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell will replace the previously announced Lisa Emery in the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane starring Alec Baldwin, Chris Carmack and Richard Easton.
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Scott Ellis (Twelve Angry Men) will direct the new staging of the dark comedy scheduled to begin previews Feb. 17, 2006 and open March 16 at the Laura Pels Theatre for an engagement through May 21, 2006.

Emery withdrew from the revival "due to an extension of her current project Abigail’s Party," according to a release. The New Group presentation of the Mike Leigh work recently extended its run Off-Broadway through Feb. 11, 2006.

In Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Orton pens a tale of a landlady (Maxwell) who invites the titular "attractive, mischievous and dangerous" man (Carmack) back to her house where she and her brother (Baldwin) "compete for his favors." The stranger's past, however, in the form of the siblings' elderly father (Easton), threatens to catch up with him. The London-set drama made its Broadway debut in 1965 and was revived in 1996 Off-Broadway.

Actress Maxwell was Tony-nominated in 2005 for her turn in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She previously appeared on Broadway in Sixteen Wounded, The Dinner Party, The Sound of Music, A Doll’s House, Dancing At Lughnasa and City of Angels. She joins the ensemble which also features Alec Baldwin, Carmack ("The O.C.," "The Last Ride") and Easton (The Rivals, The Invention of Love).

Baldwin last teamed with Roundabout on the 2004 Broadway revival of Twentieth Century opposite Anne Heche and previously starred in Orton's Loot. The constant screen star has also made room for stage turns includingTrumbo, Loot, Serious Money, the benefit Short Talks on the Universe and the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire — for which he was Tony Award-nominated. The Long Island native is known for such films as David Mamet's "State and Main" and "Glengarry Glen Ross," Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" (reprising his Off-Broadway role), "The Cooler," "The Aviator," "The Hunt for Red October," "Pearl Harbor," "Beetlejuice," the current "Elizabethtown" and the upcoming "Fun with Dick and Jane." Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade starring Michael C. Hall currently plays at the Pels, the non-profit's Off-Broadway home, located in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Michael Greif (Rent) directs the work slated to open Nov. 20 and run through Jan. 29, 2006.

Tickets to Entertaining Mr. Sloane will be available Jan. 15, 2006 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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