Alley Theatre Changes Line-up For Next Season, Subs in A Theresa Rebeck New Play

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Last year's Theresa Rebeck play -- What We're Up Against -- featured Julia Motyka as Eliza and Nancy Lemenager as Janice
The Alley Theatre has just announced that it is switching out one of its plays in the upcoming season to make room for the premiere of a new work by playwright Theresa Rebeck.

In Fool, a comedy, two kings offer up their jesters in a bet to see which one is the funniest. But, since it's set in medieval times, the winner's reward is not a Hollywood contract but the chance to keep his head. The loser, not so much.

Rebeck's work has been a favorite selection for Alley Artistic Director Gregory Boyd. In deciding to substitute it in the February 21 through March 16, 2014 slot, Boyd wrote us that:

"In season planning, I try always to keep open enough to include in the season a brand new work if it becomes available. In the case of Theresa Rebeck's play Fool - we had an opportunity to include a playwright and a play I very much admire. Theresa has a special relationship with the Alley, having had four of her plays produced here in the past few seasons - and she knows the resident Alley artists well - it's a very strong collaboration. I read an early version of Fool a few months ago, and knew right away it was a play the Alley audiences would respond to and one with great opportunities for Alley artists - Theresa thought so too."

The dropped play was Never the Sinner, which the Alley said would be postponed to another season.

Other Rebeck plays produced by the Alley include Bad Dates in 2005, The Scene (which became a feature film entitled Seducing Charlie Barker) in 2007, Mauritius in 2009 and What We're Up Against in 2012.

Rebeck saw her comedies, Seminar and Dead Accounts open on Broadway in the past two seasons. She is also the creator and one of the executive producers for the TV show Smash and wrote and produced for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue.

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