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Opening Ceremony Staging One-Act Play During NYFW

Director Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill are cowriting a the play to be staged in lieu of Opening Ceremony’s traditional fashion show.

AND, SCENE: Opening Ceremony is known for mounting conceptual productions for its fashion shows, but for spring the company is getting literal with the idea of runway as theater. Director Spike Jonze, a repeat collaborator with OC, and Jonah Hill are cowriting a one-act play to be staged in lieu of Opening Ceremony’s traditional fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

Jonze, who has done fashion capsules with OC for his films “Where The Wild Things Are” and “Her,” will direct a cast of actors and models in his first project since winning the Oscar for best original screenplay for “Her” earlier this year. The story line is still being finalized, according to OC cofounder Humberto Leon, who noted the play was Jonze’s idea, as was bringing on Hill, who is known primarily for acting though his writing credits include “21 Jump Street” and its sequel “22 Jump Street,” currently in theaters. Hill will not act in the play.

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“We were really excited about him writing an original script and seeing how this would take shape,” said Leon. The show is scheduled for Sept. 7.

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