'The Office' Star Jenna Fischer to Star in Neil LaBute's 'Reasons to Be Happy'
The actress will mark her New York stage debut in the play alongside Leslie Bibb.
After ending her long run as Pam on The Office, Jenna Fischer will mark her stage debut Off Broadway in Neil LaBute's Reasons to Be Happy.
The actress will star alongside Leslie Bibb, Josh Hamilton and Fred Weller in the MCC Theater production, which goes into previews May 16 and opens June 11 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. A closing date is scheduled for June 23.
The play is a sequel to LaBute's Tony-nominated 2008 drama Reasons to Be Pretty, picking up three years later as Steph (Fischer) and Greg (Hamilton) ponder a reconciliation even though the two are partnered-up with others. Adding to the drama: Greg has just started a relationship with single mom Carly (Bibb), who also happens to be Steph's best friend.
This will also be Bibb's first stage outing following her lead role in TV's short-lived GCB; her film credits include the Iron Man movies, Talledega Nights and Movie 43.
Hamilton is a Broadway vet whose resume includes the Tony-winning plays The Coast of Utopia and Proof; Weller has starred in Broadway's Take Me Out as well as revivals of Glengarry Glen Ross and Seascape.
LaBute will direct the production. The acclaimed playwright's other shows include The Shape of Things and Fat Pig, and for film, he has also written and directed the films Nurse Betty and a big-screen adaptation of The Shape of Things co-starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz. He most recently directed the 2010 Chris Rock comedy Death at a Funeral.
The film adaptation of LaBute's Some Girl(s) recently premiered at South by Southwest.