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Brooke Shields stars as Chris MacNeil and Richard Chamberlain as Father Merrin in playwright John Pielmeier’s world premiere of The Exorcist at the Geffen Playhouse.  Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle (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."

Broadway actor David Wilson Barnes (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) stars as Father Damien Karras, Tony Award nominee and Geffen alum Harry Groener (Equivocation) as Chris’ director Burke Dennings and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television graduate Emily Yetter takes on the pivotal role of young Regan MacNeil.  Rounding out the world premiere cast is Stephen Bogardus, Manoel Felciano, Tom Nelis and Roslyn Ruff.

From the press 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.

Preview Performances: Tuesday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
Opening Night: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Closing Night: Sunday, August 12, 2012

Performance Schedule
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.

Links: Geffen Playhouse | Exorcist Events



Rosyln Ruff as CarlaTom Nelis as Dr. Klein
Richard Chamberlain as Father Merrin
David Wilson Barnes as Father Damien Karras
Brooke Shields as Chris MacNeil
Manoel Felciano as Father Joe
Emily Yetter as Regan MacNeil
Stephen Bogardus as Dr. Strong
Harry Groener as Burke Dennings

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