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Doumanian serves ‘Butler’

Farcical comedy stars Sevigny, Baker

NEW YORK — Erstwhile Woody Allen producer Jean Doumanian will produce in partnership with the Scott Elliott Group “What the Butler Saw” off Broadway, with Chloe Sevigny and Dylan Baker starring.

“Butler” will open Nov. 12 at the New Group theater at St. Clement’s on West 46th street, and is slated to run Oct. 31-Dec. 10. Sevigny (“Boys Don’t Cry”) will play aspiring psychiatrist’s assistant Geraldine Barclay and Baker (“The Cell”) will portray the lascivious Dr. Prentice in Joe Orton’s 1967 farcical comedy. Production will be directed by Elliott (Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth”). Lisa Emery and Karl Geary are also set for the cast.

“I am incredibly thrilled to be working with Scott Elliott and looking forward to working with this wonderful and talented cast,” Doumanian told Daily Variety.

Doumanian began producing theater (through her film company Jean Doumanian Prods.) in 1995 with “Death Defying Acts,” three one-acts written by Allen, Elaine May and David Mamet, at the Variety Arts Theater.

Among Doumanian’s other credits as a theater producer are the Obie-winning musical “Dinah Was” at Gramercy Theater in 1998, the second New York run of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Fuddy Meers” at the Minetta Lane Theater in 1999; and two one-act plays forthcoming from Allen.

Sevigny is repped by Brillstein-Grey and the William Morris Agency.

(Charles Lyons in Los Angeles contributed to this report.)

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