Justin Bartha, Elizabeth Reaser to Star in 'Permission'

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Justin Bartha and Elizabeth Reaser

The actors will appear as a couple on shaky ground who decide to recalibrate their marriage around a Christian foundation in Robert Askins' new play.

Justin Bartha and Elizabeth Reaser have signed on to play a married couple looking to faith to find answers to the problems in their relationship in Robert Askins' Permission.

Directed by Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher), the world-premiere play from off-Broadway's MCC Theater will begin previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 29 and run through June 7, with its official opening on May 19.

Bartha's previous New York stage appearances include the 2010 Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in Jesse Eisenberg's Asuncion and Zach Braff's All New People. Reaser most recently starred off-Broadway in MCC's world premiere of Neil LaBute's Hollywood satire, The Money Shot.

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In Permission, the actors will play Eric and Cindy, who follow their friends' recommendation and join an organization called Christian Domestic Discipline. But imposing a new moral code on their union upends everything they know and take for granted about their lives. The production will also feature Nicole Lowrance, Talene Monahon and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe.

Askins had a hit at MCC with another comedy about faith and family, Hand to God, which is currently in previews in a Broadway transfer, officially opening on April 7 at the Booth Theatre.