The Geffen Playhouse
Talk about timing! A few of us were in Los Angeles this past weekend and wondered what was up with the stage play version of The Exorcist, and lo and behold a press release just landed in our inbox with all the latest news, including who the stars will be. Curious? Read on for more!
From the Press Release:
Stage and screen stars Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain take on the iconic roles of Chris MacNeil and Father Merrin in playwright John Pielmeier’s world premiere of The Exorcist at the Geffen Playhouse. Helmed by acclaimed director John Doyle, who won a Tony Award for his striking reimagining of Sweeney Todd, this stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s famous 1971 novel transforms the unsettling battles of good versus evil, faith versus fact, and ego versus ethos into a uniquely theatrical experience as sophisticated as it is suspenseful.
Joining Shields and Chamberlain on stage is Broadway actor David Wilson Barnes (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as the troubled young priest Father Damien Karras, Tony Award nominee and Geffen alum Harry Groener (Equivocation) as Chris’ charismatic director Burke Dennings, and UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television graduate Emily Yetter as young Regan MacNeil. The world premiere cast also includes Stephen Bogardus, Manoel Felciano, Tom Nelis, and Roslyn Ruff.
“The story of the battle between faith and evil needed no spinning heads or green vomit,” said playwright John Pielmeier, who is most well-known for the award-winning play/screenplay Agnes of God and the acclaimed miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. “The horror should unfold instead on a simple set with an incredible cast (which we absolutely have), and the central conflict between doubting Father Karras and the demon should be a series of debates, in which the young girl possessed is the least of the figures present.”
The Exorcist begins in previews in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on July 3, 2012, and officially opens on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Special events during the run of The Exorcist include the theater’s special Signature Series performances for no additional cost. These evenings include an intellectual, thought-provoking post show Q&A at Talk Back Tuesdays; a scintillating, one-of-a kind after-party at Girls Night Out; a cultural happy hour with Lounge Fridays; and complimentary wine tastings during Wine Down Sundays.
Preview Performances: Tuesday, July 3 – Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Opening Night: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Closing Night: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Monday: No performances
Tuesday–Friday: 8:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm; 8:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm; 7:00 pm
Ticket prices currently range from $37 to $57 for preview performances and from $67 to $87 for the regular run. Tickets are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at 310-208-5454, or online from the Geffen Playhouse.
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