Brendon Replaces Fleck in Why Torture Is Wrong at the Blank

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Nicholas Brendon has replaced John Fleck in the West Coast premiere of Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.

Brendon (The Santaland Diaries) joins a cast including Christine Estabrook (Spring Awakening, "Desperate Housewives"), Mike Genovese ("ER," Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Catherine Hicks ("7th Heaven"), Sunil Malhotra ("24," "ER"), Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives") and Rhea Seehorn ("The Starter Wife," "Trust Me"). Fleck's touring schedule forced him to withdraw from the production.

Blank Theatre Company artistic director Daniel Henning will helm the production that will begin performances Jan. 30 and officially open Feb. 6 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Why Torture Is Wrong made its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in March 2009.

According to the Blank, "Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland 'insecurity.' A young woman is suddenly in crisis: is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts."

Why Torture Is Wrong will have set design by Jeff G. Rack, costume design by Michael Mullen, lighting design by R. Christopher Stokes and sound design by Warren Davis.

The engagement runs through March 14. For tickets, phone (323) 661-9827 or visit TheBlank. The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA.

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