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News Cast of Drama Dept.'s Rope Complete The cast of the Drama Dept.'s eight-week revival of Patrick Hamilton's Rope, the 1929 melodrama first known as Rope's End and inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder case, is complete.

Joining the previously announced Ginifer King (Steel Magnolias), John Lavelle (The Graduate), Zack Orth (Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda") and Sam Trammell (a Tony Award nominee for Ah, Wilderness! at Lincoln Center) are Christopher Duva (The Elephant Man), Lois Markle, Neil Vipond (Strange Interlude) and Chandler Williams (The Mysteries at CSC).

Rope will begin Nov. 21 at the Zipper Theatre in midtown Manhattan. David Warren (The Dazzle, Fiction, Harmony) will direct the play, which will open Dec. 4 and end Jan. 15, 2006.

Alfred Hitchcock adapted the play (Rope's End, which opened at Broadway's The Theatre Masque in September 1929) for his claustrophobic 1948 film.

Rope's scenic design is by James Youmans, costume design is by Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jeff Croiter and sound design is by Kai Harada.

Artistic director Douglas Carter Beane's new musical with Douglas J. Cohen, The Big Time, earned solid notices and played to sold out houses recently in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, but Drama Dept. executive director Michael S. Rosenberg told the show is aiming for a regional tryout and then Broadway, not The Zipper. Tickets for Rope are priced from $35-$55, and will go on sale Oct. 10 via at (212) 239-6200) or in-person at The Zipper Theatre Box Office (hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 Noon to 5 PM, and one hour prior to curtain beginning Nov. 21).

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