Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, has cancelled its premiere production of SOPHIE'S CHOICE based on the novel of the same name.
The novel is best known for its film adaptation, for which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award in 1982.
Long Wharf's artistic director, Gordon Edelstein, was to direct a new adaptation of William Styron's landmark novel Sophie's Choice, with a script by David Rintels. Carla Gugino was slated to play the title character in the production, which would have played from April 25 through May 20.
"It was not in the shape that I felt it needed to be to be willing to commit all the resources needed for the production," Edelstein told Variety.
Edelstein, who also helmed Roundabout's current production of THE ROAD TO MECCA starring Gugino, Rosemary Harris and Jim Dale, will direct MY NAME IS ASHER LEV for Long Wharf in the place of SOPHIE'S CHOICE.
More than 30 Long Wharf productions have transferred to Broadway or Off-Broadway, some of which include The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Durango by Julia Cho, the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Wit by Margaret Edson, The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer and The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn. The theatre has received New York Drama Critics Awards, Obie Awards, the Margo Jefferson Award for Production of New Works, a Special Citation from the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.