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Frederick Weller, Josh Hamilton Join Cast of Neil LaBute Play ‘Reasons to Be Happy’ (Exclusive)

Fred Weller and Josh Hamilton will appear in "Reasons to Be Happy," the Neil Labute sequel to "Reasons to Be Pretty"

Frederick Weller, who starred in the USA series "In Plain Sight,"  will return to the stage as part of the cast of Neil LaBute's "Reasons to Be Happy" at off-Broadway's MCC Theater.

Getty ImagesJosh Hamilton, (right) who appeared on Broadway opposite Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz in "Dead Accounts," also will join the cast of the world premiere sequel to LaBute's "Reasons to Be Pretty," an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.  

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LaBute will direct the world premiere of his play, which is scheduled to open on May 16 and run through June 23 at MCC's Lucille Lortel Theatre.

"Reasons to be Happy" picks up three years after the original play, with Greg (to be played by Hamilton) now in a relationship with his best friend's ex, Carly, who is divorced from Kent (to be played by Weller). Meanwhile, Greg's ex, Steph, is now married to another man, but Greg may want to give their relationship another try.

The roles of Carly and Steph have not yet been cast.

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Weller (above left), who tweeted about his new role earlier this week, has previously worked with LaBute in "The Shape of Things," which premiered in London in 2001 and was later made into a film in which he appeared with other original cast members, Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd and Gretchen Mol. He also appeared in LaBute's 2007 "In a Dark Dark House," opposite Ron Livingston, also at MCC.  Weller's Broadway credits include "Seascape, 2005's "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Take Me Out."

In addition to "Dead Accounts," Hamilton has appeared in a number of Broadway productions, including "The Coast of Utopia" and "Proof."  He previously worked with LaBute in a short play for Tribeca Theater Festival called "Union Square."

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