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Demme adopts thesp duo for ‘Family’

DeWitt, Jones to star in Off Broadway play

Jonathan Demme will direct Rosemarie DeWitt and Sarah Jones in Beth Henley’s “Family Week” for Off Broadway’s MCC Theater, with the play opening April 26 at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

The 2000 work from the Pulitzer-winning writer of “Crimes of the Heart” centers on a woman struggling to cope with the death of her son. She checks into a desert recovery center, where friction emerges when her mother, daughter and sister arrive during the titular family week.

Demme will make his stage directing debut on the production, beginning previews April 7.

DeWitt previously worked with the director on “Rachel Getting Married”; she also appeared in AMC’s “Mad Men” and Showtime’s “The United States of Tara.” Jones’ multicharacter solo show “Bridge and Tunnel” won a special event Tony in 2006.

Earlier in the MCC season, Halley Feiffer and Frederick Weller head the cast of Alexander Dinelaris’ “Still Life,” bowing Oct. 5 at the Lortel in Will Frears’ staging.

Play centers on a successful photographer gripped by creative block at the height of her career who gets caught up in a romance with a trend analyst. Cast also includes Ian Kahn, Kelly McAndrew and Matthew Rauch.

Feiffer appeared Off Broadway for Second Stage in “Suburbia” and “Some Americans Abroad,” while Weller, a regular on USA Network’s “In Plain Sight,” returns to MCC after starring in Neil LaBute’s “In a Dark Dark House” in 2007.

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