The Break of Noon: LaBute play announces full cast

MCC Theater have announced that Tracee Chimo (Circle Mirror Transformation) and Tony Award-Nominee John Earl Jelks (Radio Golf) have joined the cast of the world premiere of The Break of Noon by Neil LaBute.

Chimo and Jelks join the previously announced David Duchovny (“The X-Files,” “Californication”) and Amanda Peet, completing casting for the New York run of the production.

The Break of Noon begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 28 Oct 2010, where it will play through to 12 Dec 2010. The show, which had previously announced opening night for 15 Nov 2010, will now open on 22 Nov 2010.

In LaBute’s newest play, Duchovny will star as 'John Smith,' a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. His modern-day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?

The Break of Noon marks Neil LaBute’s seventh collaboration with MCC Theater as Playwright-in-Residence, following the 2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play, 'Reasons to be Pretty,' and is his fourth collaboration with the Geffen Playhouse. Renowned for his darkly-comic morality plays ('The Shape of Things,' 'In a Dark Dark House'), he teams up again with longtime collaborator, director Jo Bonney ('Some Girl(s),' 'Fat Pig'), for this exploration of the daunting, sometimes harrowing process of “finding religion.”

Tracee Chimo's has appeared on Broadway in 'Irena's Vow.' She recently starred Off-Broadway in Second Stage's 'Bachelorette.' Chimo was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance as 'Lauren' in Circle Mirror Transformation. Last year Tracee was honored by actress Marian Seldes and The O'Neill Studio, where she studied, with the Eugene O'Neill Award for her work in 'Irena's Vow.'

John Earl Jelks was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as 'Sterling' in August Wilson’s 'Radio Golf,' which he also toured to the McCarter, Goodman, Center Stage, Seattle Rep., Mark Taper and Yale Repertory theaters. Jelks also appeared with Phylicia Rashad on Broadway in August Wilson’s 'Gem of the Ocean' as 'Citizen' (after runs at the Goodman, Huntington, and Mark Taper theaters, where he won an NAACP Theater Award and an L.A. Ovation Award). In 2008, Jelks won an AUDELCO Award for his work in the Off-Broadway revival of 'The First Breeze of Summer.' Recently, Jelks appeared in Spike Lee's film "Miracle at St. Anna."

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