Latest Speed-the-Plow Stories

2009-09-02 17:12:50

Actor Jeremy Piven says he would love to star in another Broadway play, despite the recent controversy regarding his departure from Speed the Plow. Piven said he left the play mid-run because he was suffering from mercury poisoning, due to eating too much fish, as well as Epstein-Barr disease. The show's producers, however, filed a grievance against Piven, claiming he dropped out of the stage drama because he was bored and handled his departure unprofessionally. An arbitrator ruled in...

2009-08-27 19:14:14

A professional arbiter has ruled actor Jeremy Piven didn't violate his contract by dropping out of the Broadway revival of Speed-the-Plow for health reasons. Piven, left the show in December, had been under contract for eight performances a week through Feb. 22. His doctors argued the Emmy Award-winning TV star had to quit the play because he had dangerously high levels of mercury in his system due to his appetite for raw fish but producers said he wanted out of his contract because he was...

2009-03-18 11:17:01

The lights in New York's Broadway theater district are to be dimmed Wednesday night to mark the death of actor Ron Silver, Playbill.com said. Silver lost his battle with esophageal cancer and died Sunday. Th 62-year-old actor was perhaps best-known for his roles on TV's Rhoda and The West Wing. He won a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. The intelligence and intensity of Ron Silver's presence on stage was a gift to live theater....

2009-03-01 10:57:34

The producers of Broadway's Speed-the-Plow say they will pursue independent arbitration against Jeremy Piven over the U.S. actor's exit from their play. Plow producers said in a statement Friday in the wake of a grievance committee review of the Broadway dispute, they have decided to enact a contract clause and file for arbitration, Variety.com reported. Thursday's review was required under the current labor agreement between the Broadway League trade association and the actors union Equity....

2009-02-27 09:14:16

No action was taken against Jeremy Piven, who abruptly left a Broadway play mid-run, at an actors' union hearing in New York Thursday. Piven quit the revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow in December, claiming his doctors advised him to do so because high levels of mercury were found in his blood. The producers of the play filed a complaint regarding how Piven handled his departure and the matter went before a grievance committee comprised of five members of the Actors' Equity Association...

2009-02-25 11:13:38

Jeremy Piven, who says illness forced him to quit a Broadway play, is expected to appear in person before the grievance committee of Actors' Equity in New York. Best known for his work on TV's Entourage, Piven dropped out of the revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow in December, claiming doctors advised him to take it easy after high levels of mercury were found in his bloodstream. However, the producers of the play have filed a complaint with Actors' Equity, alleging Piven's abrupt...

2009-01-23 07:49:47

Elisabeth Moss's publicist has confirmed to E! News that the U.S. actress recently got engaged to comedian Fred Armisen. Moss is best known for her work on TV's Mad Men and The West Wing. She is currently performing on Broadway in the revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. Armisen is a cast member of Saturday Night Live. It happened just a few days ago, Moss told USAWeekend.com. It's private, so I don't want to share the details of how it happened, but I will say it was perfect. E! News...

2009-01-18 12:20:00

The publicist for U.S. actor Jeremy Piven says the Entourage star had just cause to withdraw from the Broadway play Speed-the-Plow. Publicist Samantha Mast said in a released statement that while Speed-the-Plow producers have filed an official grievance against the 43-year-old Piven, her client was justified in leaving the stage production because his health was at risk, E! Online reported Saturday. The claims made by the producers of 'Speed-the-Plow' are absurd and outrageous, Mast said. He...

2009-01-16 16:15:17

The producers of the Broadway production of Speed the Plow say they have filed a grievance with Actors' Equity against Jeremy Piven. Piven has said he was forced to quit the show because he was suffering from mercury poisoning from eating too much fish and Chinese herbs. The producers of 'Speed the Plow' have officially filed a grievance with Actors' Equity re: Jeremy Piven's departure. A date for the arbitration is to be determined, TMZ quoted producer Jeffrey Richards as saying in a...

2008-12-18 08:41:41

Television actor Jeremy Piven has quit the Broadway production of David Mamet's play Speed the Plow due to an undisclosed illness. Sources told the New York Post the Entourage star and reputed party animal has complained of exhaustion in recent weeks. He has been starring in the show since October and was scheduled to continue doing eight performances a week until Feb. 22. The newspaper reported that Piven called in sick for Tuesday's evening performance and Wednesday's matinee and night-time...

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