Long Wharf Postpones World Premiere of Sophie's Choice

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The Long Wharf Theatre has announced that My Name Is Asher Lev will replace the world-premiere stage production of Sophie's Choice, which was to star Carla Gugino this spring at the Connecticut theatre company.

Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein was to helm the stage premiere of William Styron's acclaimed 1979 novel about a Southern writer who falls for a liberated Brooklyn woman in 1947. David Rintels' stage adaptation will not be ready in time for the intended April 25-May 20 production schedule.

Gugino (Desire Under the Elms, Suddenly Last Summer, "Watchmen," "Entourage") was to play the titular role. Long Wharf does not have plans to stage Sophie's Choice in its immediate future, according to a representative for the theatre.

"In an effort to ensure the highest quality work on our stages, and acknowledging that creating theatre is sometimes a fluid process, we’ve decided that Sophie's Choice wouldn't be ready for production. After an extensive workshopping process over the last 18 months, the decision was not made lightly," Edelstein said in a statement.

Gugino currently co-stars opposite Rosemary Harris in the Broadway revival of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca, which is playing a limited engagement through March 4.

Aaron Posner's adaptation of Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel "My Name Is Asher Lev" will now be presented May 2-27 under Edelstein's direction. For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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