William Friedkin Set for Stage Directing Gig in L.A.

Film director joins William Petersen, Amy Brenneman for Geffen Playhouse season

Theater stints for William Friedkin, William Petersen and Amy Brenneman are on tap for the 2013-14 season at the Geffen Playhouse.

Friedkin will direct the L.A. nonprofit’s revival of Harold Pinter’s 1957 play “The Birthday Party” — the film adaptation of which he directed in 1968. Another property associated with Friedkin, “The Exorcist,” played the Geffen last summer, but that stage version was directed by John Doyle.

Brenneman, meanwhile, will reprise her role in “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” the Gina Gionfriddo (“Becky Shaw”) play in which she starred last year at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. That production was directed by Peter DuBois, who also directs the Geffen’s west coast premiere.

Petersen, the “CSI” alum who’s an ensemble member at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, will travel with Steppenwolf’s upcoming staging of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” to the Geffen. Helmed by Randall Arney, the production plays the Windy City this summer ahead of a spring 2014 stint at the Geffen. “Slowgirl” was first produced at Lincoln Center Theater last year in a staging that starred Zeljko Ivanek.

Also on the Geffen season lineup is the world preem of the latest play by Donald Margulies, “The Country House.” Scribe’s take on Chekhov’s “The Seagull” is helmed by Broadway regular Daniel Sullivan, director of the current Alec Baldwin-Ben Foster starrer “Orphans” as well as Margulies shows including “Time Stands Still,” “Sight Unseen,” “Brooklyn Boy” and “Dinner with Friends.” Another Margulies play, “Coney Island Christmas,” also gets a slot in the Geffen lineup.

Director Matt Shakman’s new adaptation of “Wait Until Dark,” Steven Drukman’s new play “Death of the Author” and Todd Robbins and Teller’s Off Broadway alum “Play Dead” round out the Geffen’s lineup, with one more title to be announced.

Season kicks off with “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” which starts perfs in August.

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