Signature Premiere of Sam Shepard's A Particle of Dread Opens Off-Broadway Tonight | Playbill

News Signature Premiere of Sam Shepard's A Particle of Dread Opens Off-Broadway Tonight The U.S. premiere of A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations), a new take on the classic Greek tragedy exploring destiny and fate, by award-winning Playwright-in-Residence Sam Shepard, officially opens at Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Nov. 23 following previews that began Nov. 11.

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The run will continue through Jan. 4, 2015, at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

All $25 tickets for the run are sold out, and tickets during the extension weeks start at $75 each.

Nancy Meckler directs a cast that includes Stephen Rea, who plays the canonical central role, Tony Award winner Brid Brennan (Dancing at Lughnasa) as Jocasta/Jocelyn, Lloyd Hutchinson (Anonymous) as Uncle Del/Traveler/Tiresias/Maniac of the Outskirts, Jason Kolotouros (Her Majesty the Kinh) as Harrington, Matthew Rauch (The Merchant of Venice, "The Wolf of Wall Street") as Randolph, Aidan Redmond (The Cripple of Inishmaan) as Laius /Larry/Langos and Judith Roddy (“The Fall”) as Antigone/Annalee.

"This dark, fragmented, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex premiered in Derry, Ireland, and features a cast of actors from both sides of the Atlantic," press notes state.

Shepard, who was the Signature's 1996-97 Playwright-in-Residence, won the 1979 Pulitzer for Buried Child, and his works also include Operation Sidewinder and True West.

The design team includes Frank Conway (scenic design), Lorna Marie Mugan (costume design), Michael Chybowski (lighting design), Jill BC Du Boff (sound design), Neil Martin (composer) and Kate Wilson (dialect coach). Amanda Michaels is the production stage manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company, William Cantler, CSA.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Aves.

Subscriptions to Signature Theatre and tickets to individual productions can be purchased by calling the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or by visiting

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