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Butley, starring Nathan Lane, to Start Early; Bad Dates Promises Good Times; The Paris Letter Delayed


The Huntington Theatre Company announced today a schedule change to the 2003-04 Season. Simon Gray’s Butley, directed by Nicholas Martin and featuring Nathan Lane in the title role, will move from its previously announced dates and become the second show of the season, replacing the previously announced The Paris Letter by Jon Robin Baitz. Butley will run from October 24 -November 30, 2003. The January production will now be Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck, running from January 2 - February 1, 2004. The Huntington production of The Paris Letter will be postponed indefinitely due to artists’ scheduling difficulties.

“I look forward to working with Robbie Baitz and the rest of the artistic team of The Paris Letter to find the best way to bring this remarkable play to the stage,” said Nicholas Martin, the Huntington’s Artistic Director. “At the same time I am delighted that Nathan Lane was able to rearrange his schedule in order to move Butley earlier in the season, and that Julie White is able to bring her acclaimed performance in Bad Dates to Boston in January.”

Two-time Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane will perform the title role in Butley, a dark comedy about a brilliant, self-destructive literary professor whose wife and lover both desert him, all in the same day. When Ben Butley’s estranged wife Anne announces her intention to marry a mutual friend, and his live-in lover and office mate Joey moves out to join another man, Butley is even more out of sorts than usual. Irascible, manic, infuriating, and above all witty, Butley is one of contemporary theatre’s greatest tragicomic roles.

Bad Dates premiered at Playwrights Horizons Theatre in June 2003, directed by John Benjamin Hickey and featuring Julie White (Six Feet Under). Restaurant manager and shoe connoisseur Hayley Walker is re-entering the dating scene –that bizarre social ritual between men and women that is the basis for the continuation of the human species. But as revealed in Bad Dates, the road to co-habitation is a bumpy one. From the privacy of her bedroom where she prepares for or unwinds from her dates, Haley relates a series of hilarious tales from her colorful experiences. 

Julie White’s New York credits include The Heidi Chronicles, Dinner With Friends, and Barbra’s Wedding, as well as two other plays by Theresa Rebeck: Spike Heels and The Family of Mann. Ms. White has worked from coast to coast regionally, including with the Huntington in 1986 in On the Verge. Her television work includes guest starring as Mitzi Dalton Huntley on HBO’s Six Feet Under. Recent movie credits include  Slap her, She’s French and Sunday on the Rocks, slated for release soon.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the Huntington Theatre Company (website | profile | tag archive).

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