Labyrinth Theater to Premiere Stephen Belber's THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES in Spring 2014

LAByrinth Theater Company, the award-winning, downtown ensemble, announced today the New York Premiere of The Muscles in Our Toes by Labyrinth Company Member Stephen Belber, and directed by Anne Kauffman. The play will be produced in late Spring 2014 at Labyrinth's home in New York City's West Village, the Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street).

"The Muscles in Our Toes is a hysterical, laugh out loud addition to our 2013-14 season. Belber creates a world of colorfully confused, opinionated, rambunctious characters tackling the perils of middle age and everything that goes along with it," says Artistic Director Mimi O'Donnell.

In this dark comedy, four friends meet at their high school reunion, and ponder a plan to free their old friend who's been kidnapped by a radical political group. Absurdity, intensity and plain ole weirdness ensue when this inebriated, stoned, adolescently arrested, religiously confused group of friends attempts to tackle the task at hand and at the same time, debate the forces of international terrorism.

Stephen Belber (Playwright). Belber's plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. His plays include The Power Of Duff, Match, Tape, Don't Go Gentle, Dusk Rings a Bell, McReele, A Small, Melodramatic Story, Geometry of Fire, Fault Lines, One Million Butterflies, Finally, The Transparency Of Val, and Carol Mulroney. He was an Associate Writer on The Laramie Project, and co-writer on The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Television credits include "Rescue Me," "Law & Order SVU," and pilots for HBO and F/X. Movies includeTape, The Laramie Project (Associate Writer), Drifting Elegant, Management and Match, the last two of which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Patrick Stewart, respectively. Currently preparing to direct The Kindness of Strangers, starring Josh Duhamel.

Anne Kauffman (Director). Cherokee at the Wilma Theater, 100 Days at ZSpace, Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra at Playwrights Horizons) Smokefall at the Goodman Theater and South Coast Rep, Somewhere Fun a the Vineyard Theater, Belleville (Lucille Lortel nomination) at New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf and Yale Rep, Detroit at Playwrights Horizons, Slowgirl at LCT3, You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents' divorce at Williamstown Theater Festival and the Flea Theater, Maple and Vine at Playwrights Horizons. Additional credits include God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz at the Vineyard and New Georges, Stunning by David Adjmi with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and LCT3, This Wide Night at Naked Angels (Lucille Lortel nomination), Becky Shaw (Barrymore for Best Direction and Best Overall Production) and Body Awareness (Barrymore for Best Direction and Best Overall Production) at the Wilma Theater. The Flea and The Professor at Arden Theater Company (Barrymore for Best Overall Production of a Musical), Communist Dracula Pageant at American Repertory Theater, Have You Seen Steve Steven with 13P, The Ladies by Anne Washburn with The Civilians at Dixon Place and Cherry Lane Theater. She won the OBIE Award for The Thugs by Adam Bock at Soho Rep, is a recipient of the Lilly Award, the Alan Schneider Director Award, Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity. She is a Program associate with The Sundance Institute, a Usual Suspect at NY Theatre Workshop, an alumna of the Soho Rep Lab, a current member of Soho Rep's Artistic Council, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League, a founding member of The Civilians, and Associate Artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges.

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