Center Theatre Group has announced that Ed Begley, Jr., Felicity Huffman and Rod McLachlan have been cast in David Mamet’s “November.” Mamet’s fiendishly funny comedy set in the Oval Office will be presented at the Mark Taper Forum, September 26 through November 4, 2012. The opening is set for October 7.
Just in time for the 2012 election, “November,” which will be directed by Scott Zigler, takes place a few days before a presidential election and incumbent Charles Smith (played by Begley) is in for a rough month -- his campaign funds are running out, his poll numbers are “lower than Gandhi’s cholesterol” and the sofa needs to be reupholstered. But although his speechwriter (Huffman) seems to have defected, his chief of staff (McLachlan) has all but given up and his wife is planning for her post-White House life, Charles isn’t ready to throw in the towel quite yet.
With Mamet's characteristic no-holds-barred style, “November” is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.
Ed Begley, Jr. first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series “St. Elsewhere,” for which he received six Emmy nominations. Begley was featured in David Mamet’s production of “Romance” at the Taper in 2005. He also starred in the West Coast premiere of Mamet’s “Cryptogram” at the Geffen Playhouse in the role that he first performed in Boston and then in New York. He can be seen in a number Christopher Guest films, including “A Mighty Wind,” “Best In Show” and “For Your Consideration.” Other film credits include “Pineapple Express,” “Batman Forever” and “The Accidental Tourist.” On television, Begley has had recurring roles on “Gary Unmarried,” “Six Feet Under,” “Arrested Development” and “Boston Legal.” Ed directed several episodes of the hit show “NYPD Blue” as well as his own play, “Cesar and Ruben,” that won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League Awards.
Felicity Huffman is best known as Lynette Scavo on the ABC series “Desperate Housewives” and received Emmy and SAG Awards for her role. Huffman was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in “Transamerica” and also received a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award. Huffman is a founding member of the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company, where she has been featured in numerous plays including “Dangerous Corner,” “Shaker Heights” and “The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite.” Huffman appeared in David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow” and received an Obie Award for her portrayal of Donnie in Mamet’s “Cryptogram.” Other stage credits include “Oh Hell” at the Lincoln Center Theater, “Boy’s Life” directed by William H. Macy, “The Loop” and “Grotesque Love Songs.” Film credits include “Phoebe in Wonderland,” “Georgia Rule,” “Christmas with the Cranks,” “Raising Helen.”
Rod McLachlan has been on Broadway in “Holiday,” “The Government Inspector,” “Timon of Athens,” “Saint Joan,” “The Real Inspector Hound,” “Our Town” and “Death and the King’s Horseman.” McLachlan is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and has been in a number of David Mamet’s plays regionally, including “Keep Your Pantheon” and “A Sermon” (both at the Kirk Douglas Theatre), “School” and “Edmond.” Film credits include “California Winter,” “Lesster,” “Superhero Movie,” “National Treasure,” “Magnolia,” “Where the Money Is,” “Instinct,” “Conspiracy Theory” and “Radioland Murders.” He has been seen on television in “Medium,” “Quarterlife,” “Boston Legal,” “CSI,” “Numb3rs,” “The Handler” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” among others.
Scott Zigler directed Mamet’s “The Old Neighborhood” on Broadway and has directed numerous shows off-Broadway and regionally, including “The Woods,” “Sure Thing,” “As You Like It” (with Felicity Huffman), “Strawberry Fields” (Atlantic Theater Company) and the world premieres of “Suburban News” and a new adaptation of “The Cherry Orchard.” Other Mamet plays he has directed include “Romance,” “The Cryptogram,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the national tour of “Oleanna.” He is a founding member, past artistic director and senior acting faculty of the Atlantic Theater Company and is Director of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
David Mamet was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for “Glengarry Glen Ross,” for which he later wrote the screenplay. His other plays include “Speed-the-Plow,” “American Buffalo,” and “Boston Marriage,” among others. CTG has presented “Romance” (2005-2006 season) and “Oleanna” (2009 season) at the Taper, and “Keep Your Pantheon”/“The Duck Variations”/“A Sermon” (2007-2008 season) at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Mamet’s screenplays include “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “The Verdict,” “The Untouchables” and “Wag the Dog.” He has directed 10 films. Mamet created and was the executive producer of the critically acclaimed CBS-TV series “The Unit.” He is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, and the author of the bestselling “Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business”; “The Wicked Son”; “Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama”; “True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor”; and his current “The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture.”
Additional casting will be announced soon.
Tickets and information are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772. Center Theatre Group has announced that Ed Begley, Jr., Felicity Huffman and Rod McLachlan have been cast in David Mamet’s “November.” Mamet’s fiendishly funny comedy set in the Oval Office will be presented at the Mark Taper Forum, September 26 through November 4, 2012. The opening is set for October 7.