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By Jack Feuer

Published Jul 1, 2009 8:00 AM


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Image courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse.

Mr. Big teams up with James T. Kirk in the Geffen Playhouse's final slot of the 2008/2009 season, offering quick-witted banter and an inside look into the world of politics that is sure to leave audiences spellbound.

Chris Noth (Mr. Big from Sex and the City and Mike Logan from Law & Order) and Chris Pine (Captain Kirk from the summer blockbuster Star Trek) star in the Geffen's production of Beau Willimon's acclaimed new political play Farragut North, opening June 16 and running through July 26.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes and set during a close presidential race, Farragut North tells the story of young press secretary Stephen (Pine), working for a fast-rising candidate. Stephen is convinced he and seasoned campaign manager Paul (Noth) can steer their team into the West Wing. But backroom politics and the manipulations of veteran operatives give the young operator a painful lesson in hubris and the lust for power.

"Politics has become a common interest lately, and this play takes us right into the thick of a national election with all the tricks and behind-the-scenes conversations," says producing director Gil Cates. "As such, it's a play that is timely and relevant to both young and older theatergoers."

This is the West Coast premiere of Farragut North, which won a 2007 Edgerton Foundation grant for New American Plays. It originally opened at New York's Atlantic Theater Company last fall, also directed by Doug Hughes and starring Chris Noth. And Geffen audiences will see the live version of what might be a silver-screen hit eventually as well: George Clooney's production company purchased the rights to the script after its New York debut.

Farragut North. June 16-July 26. The Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave. Tickets: $45 to $79. To order or for more information, call (310) 208-5454 or visit GeffenPlayhouse.com.

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