Up-and-coming film star Chloë Grace Moretz will make her off-Broadway debut as the survivor of a school shooting in the world premiere of Scott Z. Burns' The Library this spring. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, The Library will run in The Public’s Newman Theater March 25 through April 27. Opening night for the drama is scheduled for April 15. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
After Caitlin Gabriel (Moretz) survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The Library asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.
"I wanted to write a play about the stories we tell each other in the face of calamity—the pretty lies and the brutal truths. This is something Steven and I have discussed over the last decade while making movies—What is the value of the truth? What is the cost of a lie? How does a story drift as it moves through time?" said Burns, in a statement. "I am grateful for Steven and Chloë's collaboration—and we are all grateful that The Public Theater has given us a home. I can think of no better frame for what we are attempting than The Public."
Acting in films since she was only five years old, Mortez' credits include The Amityville Horror, Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, Carrie and Kick-Ass 2. She will soon be seen in The Equalizer, Dark Places, Laggies and If I Stay.
One of Hollywood's most respected writers, directors, producers and editors, Soderbergh recently won an Emmy Award for his HBO film Behind the Candelabra. He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his directorial debut, sex, lies, and videotape, and the Oscar in 2000 for directing Traffic, the same year he was nominated for Erin Brockovich. Soderbergh's other films include Side Effects, Magic Mike, Haywire, Contagion, And Everything is Going Fine, The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant, Che, the Ocean’s trilogy, The Good German, Bubble, Solaris, Full Frontal, The Limey, Out of Sight, Gray’s Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill and Kafka.