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Lia Chang Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet and Tracee Chimo celebrate opening in Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon

Tracee Chimo, David Duchovny, Amanda Peet and John Earl Jelks at the opening night curtain call of MCC Theater's world premiere of Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon at the Lucille Lortel in New York on November 22, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang

Tracee Chimo, David Duchovny, Amanda Peet and John Earl Jelks at the opening night curtain call of MCC Theater's world premiere of Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon at the Lucille Lortel in New York on November 22, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang

At the Lucille Lortel in New York on Monday, November 22, David Duchovny (“Californication,” “X-Files”) made his New York stage debut in the MCC Theater’s world premiere of Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon, as an average Joe turned modern-day prophet, alongside Tony Award nominee John Earl Jelks (Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean), Amanda Peet (Barefoot in the Park, “Studio Sixty”) and Tracee Chimo (Bachelorette, Circle Mirror Transformation).
Gillian Anderson flew in from London to surprise her X-Files co-star as he made his New York stage debut in Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon, currently playing at The Lucille Lortel. Photo by Lia Chang

Gillian Anderson flew in from London to surprise her X-Files co-star as he made his New York stage debut in Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon, currently playing at The Lucille Lortel. Photo by Lia Chang


Gillian Anderson, who flew in from London to surprise her “X-Files” co-star, and Duchovny’s wife Tea Leoni were in the audience and at the afterparty at 49 Grove, along with Stafford Arima, Eric Bogosian, YaYa DaCosta, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor, Patrick Breen, Tovah Feldshuh, Ed Harris, Jessica Hecht, Tina Louise, Lynn Nottage, Jose Rivera, Sara Paulson, Steven Pasquale, Thomas Sadowski, Garry Shandling, Jeremy Sisto and his wife Addie Lane.

The Break of Noon is Neil LaBute’s seventh collaboration with MCC Theater as Playwright-in-Residence, following the 2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play, Reasons to be Pretty. Renowned for his darkly-comic morality plays (The Shape of Things, In a Dark Dark House), teamed up again with longtime collaborator, director Jo Bonney (Some Girl(s), Fat Pig), to helm his exploration of the daunting, sometimes harrowing process of “finding religion.”

Tracee Chimo, Amanda Peet, David Duchovny and John Earl Jelks Photo by Lia Chang

Tracee Chimo, Amanda Peet, David Duchovny and John Earl Jelks Photo by Lia Chang

The Break of Noon has been extended through December 22, 2010 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC). A co-production with the Geffen Playhouse, The Break of Noon will arrive in Los Angeles in January 2011.

John Earl Jelks and David Duchovny Photo by Lia Chang

John Earl Jelks and David Duchovny Photo by Lia Chang

Performances are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 & 7:30 p.m. through December 12, 2010.

The show will play the following schedule for the extension due to the holiday:
Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday. December 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 22 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Subscriptions for MCC’s 2010-2011 season are on-sale now and priced as low as $99 for the 3-play season. For more information visit www.mcctheater.org or to purchase packages, contact TicketCentral directly at www.ticketcentral.com or call 212-279-4200.

John Earl Jelks and YaYa DaCosta walk the red carpet at 49 Grove, the afterparty for Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon on November 22, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang

John Earl Jelks and YaYa DaCosta walk the red carpet at 49 Grove, the afterparty for Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon on November 22, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang


Thanks to The Break of Noon castmember John Earl Jelks who plays a lawyer and a detective in the show, and who provided me with an all-access pass, you can check out the slideshow below of the curtain call, arrivals and afterparty fun and festivities.

Related John Earl Jelks Clips:
Marilyn Stasio of Variety writes“John Earl Jelks (“Radio Golf”) raises a scornful eyebrow as the lawyer John consults before taking his conversion public. This ultra-poised performer also walks away with the scene in which he plays a detective who suspects that John was somehow behind the attack.”

Dan Bacalzo of theatermania.com writes,
“The always-on-target John Earl Jelks rounds out the cast in the dual roles of John’s lawyer and a police detective who finds some of the details in John’s story rather suspicious.”

Michael Sommers of newjerseynewsroom.com writes, “John Earl Jelks is especially striking as a lawyer who counsels John about his options in the media minefield while licking his own lips over their likely profitability.”
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter writes, “John Earl Jelks appears as a cynical lawyer who stands to make a fat fee, and a skeptical cop whose own religious convictions are offended.”

David Cote of Timeoutny.com for ny1.com reports, “John’s lawyer, played with humor and grit by John Earl Jelks, doesn’t seem to believe his client’s conversion story, but is happy to peddle John’s gruesome photos of the crime scene for big bucks.”

MCC Theater artistic director Bernie Telsey, The Break of Noon director Jo Bonney, castmember John Earl Jelks and MCC Theater associate artistic director William Cantler Photo by Lia Chang

MCC Theater artistic director Bernie Telsey, The Break of Noon director Jo Bonney, castmember John Earl Jelks and MCC Theater associate artistic director William Cantler Photo by Lia Chang

MCC Theater is one of New York City’s leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season. When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences. MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through presentation of its mainstage works; its Literary Program, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers and its Education & Outreach Program, allowing more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices in the arts.
John Earl Jelks and Yaya DaCosta who played love interests in the Signature Theatre Company's production of Leslie Lee's The First Breeze of Summer, with their director Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

John Earl Jelks and Yaya DaCosta who played love interests in the Signature Theatre Company's production of Leslie Lee's The First Breeze of Summer, with their director Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute, last season’s Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig; Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman’s Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne’s Beirut. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards. For a complete production history, visit www.mcctheater.org.
Yaya DaCosta, Tea Leoni, John Earl Jelks, David Duchovny and Jessica Hecht Photo by Lia Chang

Yaya DaCosta, Tea Leoni, John Earl Jelks, David Duchovny and Jessica Hecht Photo by Lia Chang

The Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and musicals, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company is helmed by Producing Director and President of the Board Gilbert Cates, Artistic Director Randall Arney, Managing Director Ken Novice and Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen Playhouse welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. For more information, visit www.geffenplayhouse.com.

Selected Photo Coverage of Opening Night of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon:
broadway.com
broadwayworld.com
daylife.com
slantmagazine.com
AP

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Photo Call: BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society
Multimedia: Promises, Promises’ Stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes at Lord & Taylor Fifth Ave
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Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, MTC’s Ruined are Top Winners at 2009 Audelcos
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John Earl Jelks, Lia Chang and Ruben Santiago-Hudson  Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

John Earl Jelks, Lia Chang and Ruben Santiago-Hudson Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

This year, selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space will become part of newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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