With HBO Film Delayed, Drama Inspired by Penn State Sex Scandal Heading to the Stage

News   With HBO Film Delayed, Drama Inspired by Penn State Sex Scandal Heading to the Stage
For the Loyal, a new drama from playwright Lee Blessing inspired by the sex scandal that rocked Penn State University and tarnished the college's football program, will premiere in spring 2015 at Minneapolis' Illusion Theatre.

Lee Blessing
Lee Blessing

Illusion producing director Michael Robins will direct the play that runs April 23-May 16, 2015. Blessing's works include A Walk in the Woods, A Body of Water, Great Falls and Thief River, among others.

Here's how Illusion bills the play: "Toby and Mia are graduate students with a baby on the way. Toby, an assistant coach in a famous collegiate sports program, stumbles upon a secret that threatens to throw their entire future into jeopardy. As the couple is caught between honesty and loyalty, Mia embarks on a journey to discover who she really is and—given the world she's in—whether doing wrong is the only way left to do right."

Casting has not been announced.

The scandal is also the subject of the Brian De Palma film "Happy Valley," which is currently in development for HBO. The network revealed to Deadline.com Sept. 19 that it had halted work on the project due to budgeting. A recent casting notice stated that shooting was slated to begin in early October in New York City.

The HBO property is based on the book "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski. Pacino is set to play late football coach Joe Paterno, with John Carroll Lynch as Jerry Sandusky. HBO states that the film will eventually move forward with the cast and creative team intact.

Visit illusiontheater.org.

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