Jon Bernthal, Christopher Fitzgerald Depart MCC's SMALL ENGINE REPAIR; James Badge Dale, James Ransone Join Cast

MCC Theater today announced that James Badge Dale (World War Z, HBO's The Pacific), James Ransone (HBO's "The Wire") will replace Jon Bernthal and Christopher Fitzgerald in the New York Premiere of John Pollono's celebrated Small Engine Repair. Keegan Allen ("Pretty Little Liars") has also joined the cast. Small Engine Repair is the comic thriller that premiered to rave reviews and sold-out audiences at L.A.'s Rogue Machine Theatre, where it won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Playwriting, among many other honors. The New York production of Small Engine Repair will be directed by longtime MCC collaborator Jo Bonney (MCC's The Break of Noon, Some Girl(s), Fat Pig) and begins at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on October 30, 2013. An official opening night is set for November 18, 2013.

In Small Engine Repair, former high school buddies Frank, Swaino and Packie meet off-hours in Frank's out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank has a handle on. Enter Chad, a plugged-in, privileged college jock, whose arrival sets off an explosion of long-simmering resentment in this taut, twisty, comic thriller.

James Badge Dale (Swaino) is currently starring in three major summer films: Shane Black's Ironman 3 opposite Robert Downey Jr.; Marc Forster's World War Zopposite Brad Pitt; and Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp. His extensive film credits also include: Flight, opposite Denzel Washington; Shame,opposite Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan; The Grey, opposite Liam Neeson; and the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Departed, by Martin Scorsese. For television, James memorably starred in HBO's Emmy Award-winning 10-hour miniseries The Pacific. He also led the cast of the AMC original series "Rubicon," and appeared on the hit FOX series "24." He made his Off Broadway debut in 2003 with The Flea Theatre Company's Getting Into Heaven. Since then, he has returned to the New York stage to work with The New Group and New World Stages. He also recently completed the film Parkland, set for release in Fall 2013, which recounts the dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. James is the son of late Broadway, film and television star Anita Morris and two-time Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer, Grover Dale.

James Ransone (Packie) is currently shooting the AMC series "Low Winter Sun" playing the lead role of 'Damon Callis'. James recently wrapped Spike Lee's feature film Old Boy, opposite Josh Brolin, along with Tristan Patterson's independent feature Electric Slide, opposite Jim Sturgess and Chloe Sevigny. Ransone is best known for his work on HBO's critically acclaimed shows, "Generation Kill," "Treme" and his tour de force performance in "The Wire." He recently wrapped Dito Montiel's independent feature The Empire State and was last seen on the big screen in Scott Derrickson's thriller Sinister, opposite Ethan Hawke. James will next be seen in the independent feature The Timber, opposite Josh Peck. Ransone's other credits include Broken City, opposite Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg; The Son of No One, opposite Channing Tatum and Al Pacino and The Next Three Days, opposite Russell Crowe.

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