Greta Gerwig to Make Stage Debut in 'The Village Bike'

2:35 PM PST 04/07/2014 by David Rooney
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Greta Gerwig

The star of "Frances Ha" and CBS' upcoming sitcom spinoff, "How I Met Your Dad," steps into the Off-Broadway production following Maggie Gyllenhaal's exit.

NEW YORK – Off-Broadway company MCC Theater has found a new cyclist for The Village Bike.

Greta Gerwig, known for her screen work in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg and Frances Ha, will make her stage debut in the Penelope Skinner play about a pregnant woman whose heightened sexual needs are not being met by her husband, prompting her to seek adventure via the purchase of a used bicycle.

"We've been fans of Greta since we saw her in Greenberg, and we've been obsessive since her amazing performance in Frances Ha," said MCC co-artistic director William Cantler. "I can't think of anything better than introducing her to the New York stage in a rich, complex role like this -- she's so damn fearless and full of surprises."

Maggie Gyllenhaal was originally announced to star in the play's U.S. premiere, but dropped out after being cast in the fall Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, opposite Ewan McGregor and Cynthia Nixon.

The Village Bike begins previews May 22 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, officially opening June 10. The production will be directed by Sam Gold, whose Broadway staging of Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses, starring Toni ColletteMichael C. HallTracy Letts and Marisa Tomei, opened Sunday to strong reviews. The in-demand Gold also is booked to direct The Real Thing, which starts performances Oct. 2.

Next, Gerwig will head the cast in the pilot of How I Met Your Dad, the CBS sitcom spinoff of How I Met Your Mother.

Skinner's play had its world premiere in 2011 at London's Royal Court Theatre, winning her the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award.

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