Ben Stiller In Talks to Star in Off-Broadway Debut of Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes | Playbill

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News Ben Stiller In Talks to Star in Off-Broadway Debut of Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes Ben Stiller is in discussions to star in the upcoming Public Theater staging of the new Neil LaBute play This Is How It Goes, according to a spokesperson for The Public.
Ben Stiller, with wife Christine Taylor
Ben Stiller, with wife Christine Taylor Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Public producer George C. Wolfe (who is exiting the downtown Manhattan not-for-profit to be replaced by Oskar Eustis) will direct the play, set for a March 8-April 10 run. In This Is How It Goes, LaBute trains his eye on a small town in America for what is billed as a "new tale of manipulation, exploitation, race and infidelity," through "the story of an interracial love triangle."

Stiller is widely known for his comedic turns in such films as "Meet The Parents," "There's Something About Mary," "The Cable Guy" and "Reality Bites" — directing the latter two. The son of fellow stage veterans Jerry Stiller (Hurlyburly) and Anne Meara (Anna Christie), he has been seen on stage in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves which began Off Broadway in 1986 before transferring to Broadway.

LaBute — the scribe behind bash and The Shape of Things — has enjoyed the extension of his recent Off-Broadway work, Fat Pig and will debut a new solo work, Wrecks, at the Everyman Palace Theatre in southern Ireland's Cork this fall. He also contributed one-acts to the recent inaugural Tribeca Theatre Festival and the upcoming MCC Theatre benefit.

Director Wolfe — who directed the upcoming HBO Films version of Lackawanna Blues — is also set to stage Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream this summer — his first Delacorte Theatre assignment since the 1997 mounting of the Bernstein-Comden-Green musical On the Town.

Tickets to This Is How It Goes, at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, will go on sale Feb. 18. For more information, visit

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