Stuff Happens Now to Begin March 28 at Public Theater

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David Hare's acclaimed play Stuff Happens — based on the incidents that led to the current war in Iraq — will now begin its run in New York at Off-Broadway's Public Theater on March 28. Previously, March 21 had been announced as the date. No opening date has been decided upon.

The Off-Broadway theatre founded by Joe Papp presents the play in a co-production with Scott Rudin. Rudin previously produced Hare's Broadway productions of Amy's View, The Blue Room, The Judas Kiss and Skylight.

Daniel Sullivan, the Tony-winning Proof director, will helm the production. Sullivan directed Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Rabbit Hole.

No casting for Stuff Happens has been announced.


Stuff Happens depicts the run-up to the Iraq War. Hare has been at pains to point out that the show is a history play rather than a documentary, with the secret diplomacy imagined and dramatized. It started life at Britain's National Theatre with Alex Jennings as George Bush, directed by Nicholas Hytner. As well as Bush and Blair, Hare put such figures as U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blick, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell on stage. The title is taken from a phrase used by Donald Rumsfeld. Stuff Happens received a New York reading at the Tribeca Theatre Festival in 2004. It was also presented in Los Angeles with a cast that included Keith Carradine and Julian Sands. A new production opened in Sydney, Australia, in July.

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