The Company Theatre has scooped up rights to the Canadian premiere of Belleville, the latest work from up-and-coming American playwright Amy Herzog, just as the play is creating buzz off-Broadway.
Belleville – a suspenseful drama about a young couple living in Paris, which The New York Times called "thrillingly good" – opened this weekend at New York Theatre Workshop.
The Company Theatre production, which will officially be announced this week, is set to play in Toronto in April, 2014, under the direction of acclaimed Irish director Jason Byrne, as part of the theatre company's new partnership with Canadian Stage.
Christine Horne, a much sought-after indie theatre actress who recently landed a role in Atom Egoyan's Queen of the Night, has signed on to star as Abby – a yoga teacher whose seemingly stable marriage becomes shaky when she comes home early from work one day to discover her husband watching a disturbing video on his laptop. The male role has yet to be cast.
The Company Theatre – founded in 2005 by actors Philip Riccio and Allan Hawco – has seen its biggest successes partnering with Byrne as director, starting with the now-legendary production of Tom Murphy's A Whistle in the Dark.
Belleville is the latest from 34-year-old Herzog, whose previous work 4000 Miles was called "the best play of the season, hands down" by Time magazine.