After PBOL's June 3, report that OB's Killer Joe would be closing on June 13, producers were able to secure original NYC cast member Scott Glenn for the final weeks and extend the show through June 27.
Glenn will return to the production on June 15 for Joe's16 final performances, adding further star power to the production which now features "Dawson Creek"'s Michelle Williams. Two weeks ago, cast member Lori Petty ("Tank Girl," "A League of Their Own") left the production earlier than expected.
Killer Joe made its Off-Broadway debut October 1998, with Glenn and Amanda Plummer and is the story of a dysfunctional Texas trailer park family: son Chris, who needs quick cash to pay off a drug debt; his father Ansel who's in no position to help him; his manipulating step mother; and his innocent sister Dottie. Chris' real mother has stolen the only "assets" he has, leaving him only one way out, until Killer Joe enters the scene.
Past cast members have included: Amanda Plummer ("Pulp Fiction", "So I Married an Axe Murderer"), Fairuza Balk ("Waterboy,""The Craft"), Jan Leslie Harding (I've Got the Shakes), and Paul Dillon ("Austin Powers").
Dillon originated the title role of Killer Joe in Chicago and came into the New York production when Glenn's contract ran out. Wilson Milam helmed the piece, with Greg MacPherson on lights, George Xenos (set) and Jana Stauffer (costumes). David Brimmer served as fight choreographer. Killer Joe premiered at the Lab space of Evanston, IL's Next Theatre in 1993. Letts' play was staged in New York in 1994 by 29th Street Repertory.
For tickets ($37.50-$47.50) or more information on Killer Joe in an open run at the Soho Playhouse on Vandam Street, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Sean McGrath