Los Angeles is one lucky town. Because we're the city that will have the very first ever stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty's novel The Exorcist premiere on July 11th. The show's cast has just been announced, and it includes a couple of names familiar to horror fans, chief among them Brooke Shields (Alice Sweet Alice, Midnight Meat Train) and Richard Chamberlain (The Swarm, The Last Wave). More details and ticket info after the jump.
Here's the official press release announcing the cast of the Geffen Playhouse's production of The Exorcist: "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. (Full biographical information on all cast members is available at the bottom of the release).
"'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. For more information, please view www.geffenplayhouse.com/exorcistevents.
A play by John Pielmeier
Adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty
Directed by John Doyle
Preview Performances: Tuesday, July 3 – Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Opening Night: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Closing Night: Sunday, August 12, 2012
David Wilson Barnes Father Damien Karras
Stephen Bogardus Dr. Strong
Richard Chamberlain Father Merrin
Manoel Felciano Father Joe
Harry Groener Burke Dennings
Tom Nelis Dr. Klein
Roslyn Ruff Carla
Brooke Shields Chris MacNeil
Emily Yetter Regan MacNeil
Monday No performances
Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm; 8:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm; 7:00pm
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 at www.geffenplayhouse.com.