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New ‘Stuff’ for the U.S.

Hare's political play makes its North American preem

David Hare’s “Stuff Happens” jumped the Atlantic for its U.S. preem at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles on June 5. Playing to a strictly blue state crowd, the play drew hisses from the aud as their favorite villains from Condi Rice to Rumsfeld appeared.

At the Plaza after-party, Keith Carradine, who plays Prexy Bush, talked about “Stuff’s” crossover appeal.

“I have some friends on the other side of the aisle that I want to see this,” Carradine said, promising that they would.

However, fellow cast member Tyrees Allen wouldn’t be drawn into a political discussion. “I can’t worry about that,” said Allen who plays former Secretary of State Colin Powell. “My business is to play the character. I can’t tell the audience what to think. David (Hare) has a point of view and it’s expressed in the play.”

While Hare skipped the festivities, helmer Gordon Davidson held court with play’s Julian Sands, Stephen Spinella, Lorraine Toussaint, Jane Carr, Dakin Matthews and John Vickery; plus guests Norman Lear, Arianna Huffington, Stacy Keach, Walter Mirsch and Larry Gelbart, among others.

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