Elizabeth Reaser and Frederick Weller Are Desperate Movie Stars in Money Shot, Beginning Off-Broadway
04 Sep 2014
The MCC Theater world-premiere production of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot, about a couple of desperate movie stars, begins performances Sept. 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
The cast includes Elizabeth Reaser ("True Detective," "The Good Wife"), Gia Crovatin (reasons to be pretty), Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, "Necessary Roughness") and Frederick Weller (Mothers and Sons, Reasons to Be Happy).
Heather Graham was to star in the production, but parted ways after the show's press event to focus on her film "Half Magic," which she will direct and star in, opposite Josh Lucas.
Directed by frequent LaBute collaborator Terry Kinney, The Money Shot will officially open Sept. 22 for a run through Oct. 12.
According to MCC Theater, "In The Money Shot, Karen (Reaser) and Steve (Weller) are glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. It's been years since either one's had a hit, but the latest movie by a hot shot European director could change that. The night before filming a big scene (that seems destined to assure them a spot back on the pop culture radar), Karen, her partner Bev (Thorne), Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy (Crovatin) meet in order to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain?"
LaBute's plays include Reasons to Be Pretty, Reasons to Be Happy, The Shape of Things, The Break of Noon, Fat Pig and The Mercy Seat, among others. He is MCC Theater's playwright in residence.