Heather Graham, absent from the New York stage since 2003’s Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons, will return to off-Broadway next month to star in the world premiere of Neil LaBute‘s new play, The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney. The play is the season opener at Bernard Telsey and Robert LuPone’s MCC Theater, which operates at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village. Performances begin September 4, with an official opening on September 22 for a limited run slated to end October 12. LaBute is MCC’s Playwright-In-Residence.
Graham (Boogie Nights, Drugstore Cowboy, etc.) co-stars with Gia Crovatin, Callie Thorne and Frederick Weller. In The Money Shot, Karen (Graham) and Steve (Weller) are formerly glamorous movie stars desperate for a hit. Will it be the latest movie by a hot shot European director? The night before filming a big scene guaranteed to make news, Karen, her partner Bev (Thorne), Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy (Crovatin) meet to discuss how far will they will go to reclaim past glory.
The Money Shot reunites LaBute with Kinney (Reasons To Be Pretty). Co-Artistic Director of MCC Theater, Will Cantler said, “This is our ninth collaboration with our Playwright-in-Residence, and this time he’s delivered everything we expect in a Neil LaBute play, and funnier — with a wrestling match. We can’t wait to bring this play to life with this great cast and reunite Neil with director Terry Kinney.”