Lights On: LaBute's Dark Dark House Begins Previews Off-Broadway May 16

News   Lights On: LaBute's Dark Dark House Begins Previews Off-Broadway May 16
Ron Livingston, Louisa Krause and Frederick Weller star in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's In A Dark Dark House. The MCC Theatre show begins previews May 16 at the Lucille Lortel.
Ron Livingston
Ron Livingston

Carolyn Cantor directs the new work that will officially open June 7 at Off-Broadway's Lortel for a run currently scheduled through June 23.

Set in a "private psychiatric facility," as press materials reveal, In a Dark Dark House finds two brothers who are brought together again as one undergoes court-ordered rehab. The forced reunion brings to light "barely-hidden animosities between the two" and "their troubled legacy, both inside and outside their dark family home."

Livingston is perhaps best known for his work in such films as "Office Space," "The Cooler," "Adaptation" and "Swingers." The actor — who has appeared onstage in Pensacola (Mark Taper Forum), Celebrity (Actors Gang), The Iceman Cometh (Goodman Theatre) and Titus Andronicus (Williamstown) — is also known for his television work on "Band of Brothers," "Standoff," "Sex and the City" and "The Practice."

Krause has appeared regionally in Rocket to the Moon (Long Wharf Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Huntington Theatre), Aida (Ogunquit Playhouse), Side Show, The Cripple of Inishmaan and more. She also appears in the upcoming films "The Babysitters" and "Superheroes."

Weller — recently seen Off-Broadway in Some Men — has also previously worked with LaBute on both the Off-Broadway and film versions of The Shape of Things. The actor has appeared on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross, Seascape, Take Me Out and Off-Broadway in Mother Courage. Weller replaced the previously-announced Jason Patric who, according to a recent release, "left the production over creative differences." Patric made his Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and has previously collaborated with LaBute on "Your Friends and Neighbors" and bash: latter-day plays.

The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic), Jenny Mannis (costume), Ben Stanton (lighting) and Rob Kaplowitz (music and sound).

Director Cantor recently staged Off-Broadway's Essential Self Defense. The Edge Theater founding artistic director has also directed Orange Flower Water, Stone Cold Dead Serious (for Edge) as well as EVE-olution (Cherry Lane) and Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF).

MCC continues its relationship with playwright-in-residence LaBute after presenting his previous works The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Fat Pig and Some Girl(s). MCC also produced a one-night benefit evening of his plays, Autobahn. Other LaBute works include bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, This Is How It Goes and Wrecks and the films "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Nurse Betty," "Possession" and "Wicker Man."

A limited number of special $20 tickets will be available at all preview performances 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets to MCC's In a Dark Dark House at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or online at

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