Shia LaBeouf Departs Orphans and Drama Ensues
The drama of Broadway is not always only found on the stage. Behind the scenes drama is not uncommon for Broadway usually occurring in a business were many people with many strong personalities, opinions and creative choices are obviously not always going to get along. However, this past week we saw something we haven’t seen in a while with the departing of a major cast member of a show and quite some drama that ensued afterwards and continues to grow. The producers of Orphans have announced that Shia LaBeouf has departed the production due to “Creative Differences”.
Orphans is a play by Lyle Kessler. The show, currently in rehearsals, was set to star Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf and Tom Sturridge. The play begins previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 19th, 2013 and is officially set to open on April 7th. Producers announced on February 20th that Shia LaBeouf was leaving the production “due to creative differences”. While many expected this to be the only announcement regarding the departure, people soon realized things were actually just beginning. Shia LaBeouf has taken to Twitter posting emails from creative team members and fellow cast members sent to him after his departure only causing more confusion among many as to why he left but an explosion of drama of the social media scene for Orpahans.
Two emails from director Daniel Sullivan and Alec Baldwin were the first to be posted on February 20th not too long after the announcement of his departure came.
The email director Daniel Sullivan sent him reads:
“I’m too old for disagreeable situations. you’re one hell of a great actor. Alec is who he is. you are who you are. you two are incompatible. I should have known it. this one will haunt me. you tried to warn me. you said you were a different breed. I didn’t get it. Dan”
Another email sent from co-star Alec Baldwin read:
“SL I’ve been through this before. It’s been a while. And perhaps some of the particulars are different. But it comes down to the fact that what we all do now is critical. Perhaps especially for you. When the change comes, how do we handle it, whether it be good or bad? What do we learn? I don’t have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word. AB”
Shia LeBeouf responded to that email saying:
“same. be well. good luck on the play. you’ll be great.”
On February 21st, two more emails were posted that had been sent to LaBeouf from another co-star and the productions fight director.
An email sent from co-star Tom Sturridge reads:
“Hey, are you still here? I don’t really know what to write. I went in this afternoon and they were all there…producers etc. I said my piece but they didn’t really listen. I don’t understand what has happened here. Maybe you have had a more enlightening conversation with someone by now. All I can say is that it was truly an honor to work with you even if it was only for a few days. I was stunned by the work you were doing, the performance you were giving. I think you lifted the play to a place higher than maybe it even deserved to be. I hope this isn’t the last time we work together and I especially hope it isn’t the last time we see each other. Hope you’re ok brother. T”
And finally an email sent from fight director Rick Sordelet reads:
“Dear Shia, So sorry things went down like they did. It’s a pity Broadway will not get to see your Treat. It was obvious you were going to turn in a fantastic performance. But you are a divinely guided young man and it will all become clear in a short time.… Christian and I are very impressed with your work ethic and respect for the craft. It must have been difficult for others in the room to be schooled by someone [whose] raw talent and enthusiasm out matched theirs. Good luck and love to you, Rick Sordelet.”
Quite an explosion of drama off the stage and yet no one still exactly knows the details of LaBeouf’s depature. The bad PR has had many wondering what exactly so bad could have happened for Shia LaBeouf to launch a social media of sorts against the production. The production however is wasting no time moving on and has not commented on the tweets. It has already been announced that Ben Foster will step in to take over LaBeouf’s role and has already found a spot in the new logo. A replacement logo has already surfaced and is being promoted on their website. As for a new marquee at the theatre, only time wil tell.
Be sure to stay tuned for Luner on Theatre as we bring you developments surrounding the drama and depature of Shia LaBeouf from Orphans headed to Broadway. We will continue to bring you updates as they unfold. Previews begin March 19th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For more information, check out Orphans Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!