Steven Soderbergh to Direct Off-Broadway Play Starring Chloe Grace Moretz

1:30 PM PST 01/16/2014 by David Rooney
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Steven Soderbergh and Chloe Grace Moretz

"The Library," a drama about gun violence, was written by Scott Z. Burns, the director's screenwriter on "Side Effects," "Contagion" and "The Informant."

Chloe Grace Moretz will star in The Library, a new off-Broadway drama about gun violence, to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by his frequent screenwriting collaborator Scott Z. Burns.

The play will premiere in the spring at New York's Public Theater, beginning previews on March 25, with the official opening set for April 15. The short run is slated to conclude on April 27.

The production will mark the New York stage debuts for Soderbergh, Moretz and Burns.

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"I wanted to write a play about the stories we tell each other in the face of calamity -- the pretty lies and the brutal truths," said Burns. "This is something Steven and I have discussed over the last decade while making movies. What is the value of truth? What is the cost of a lie?"

"The Library is about one of the most disturbing and important issues of our times -- gun violence," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis. "This production promises to be an extraordinary event."

Moretz will play Caitlin Gabriel, who survives a deadly high school shooting and struggles to relate the events to her parents and authorities. Meanwhile other versions of the narrative take shape in the media, painting her in a different light.

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Burns' association with Soderbergh stretches back over the features The Informant, Contagion and Side Effects. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the Paul Greengrass-directed The Bourne Ultimatum.

Currently, Burns is writing and executive producing the NBC drama Conspiracy and is attached to direct his screenplay Deep Water, with Colin Firth and Kate Winslet, based on the documentary of the same name.

Additional casting for The Library will be announced shortly. The production is supported by the Kennedy/Marshall Company, headed by film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, though no plans are in place for a commercial transfer beyond the Public Theater engagement.

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