Lucas Hedges to Star in Off-Broadway Play 'Yen' (Exclusive)

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Lucas Hedges

Trip Cullman will direct the 'Manchester by the Sea' actor, making his stage debut in the MCC Theater production.

Lucas Hedges is heading to the stage.

The Manchester by the Sea actor will make his stage debut, starring in the MCC Theater production of Yen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Trip Cullman (Significant Other) will direct Anna Jordan's Bruntwood Prize-winning off-Broadway play. Previews begin Jan. 12 ahead of a Jan. 30 opening at MCC's regular home, the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York. The limited engagement is set to run through Feb. 19.

In Yen, Bobbie and Hench are home alone. Days are filled by streaming porn, playing Call of Duty and watching the world go by. Their mom rarely visits these days, and it’s chaos when she does. But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny takes an interest in their dog Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know.

"Those of us lucky enough to have already seen Kenneth Lonergan’s new film Manchester by the Sea can agree that this year ‘a star is born’ in the incredibly gifted Lucas Hedges," co-artistic director Bernie Telsey said Thursday in a statement. "MCC has a great legacy of working early on with emerging stage artists, so we’re particularly excited that Lucas will be sharing his unbelievably expressive gifts as an actor — in his stage debut! — in Anna Jordan’s beautiful new play."

Hedges, whose credits also include Moonrise Kingdom, Labor Day and Kill the Messenger, just received a Gotham Award nomination for breakthrough actor for his role in Manchester by the Sea, in which he stars with Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler. The film opens Nov. 18 in limited release.

The actor will next be seen onscreen in Martin McDonagh's crime film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Greta Gerwig's directorial debut Lady Bird. Hedges is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content.

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