Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal has withdrawn from MCC Theater's upcoming production of Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike. Directed by Sam Gold, the production is still scheduled to begin performances on May 21 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with an opening set for June 9.
Gyllenhaal was set to take on the role of Becky, a married and pregnant schoolteacher with an overactive libido who decides to explore the countryside on a secondhand bike. The Village Bike was originally produced in 2011 at the Royal Court Theater in London, where Skinner won The Evening Standard's award for most promising playwright.
The actress has departed the production, according to The New York Times, because of scheduling conflicts. It was announced earlier this week that Gyllenhaal will be making her Broadway debut in October in Gold's production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, a production of Roundabout Theatre Company costarring Ewan McGregor. Casting for The Village Bike is expected to be announced in the coming months.
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