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ART finds a replacement for Melissa Leo

Director Pesha Rudnick (left) works with Kate Mulligan in ART production “O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness).”

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Director Pesha Rudnick (left) works with Kate Mulligan in ART production “O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness).”

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The American Repertory Theater has found a replacement for Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, who dropped out of the world premiere of Eve Ensler‘s “O.P.C.” (Obsessive Political Correctness) less than two weeks before previews. The ART announced Thursday that Kate Mulligan will take over the role in the production directed by Pesha Rudnick. Mulligan has spent the last six seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and her screen credits include “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Desperate Housewives,” “ER,” and “Seinfeld.” Leo’s departure, which the theater attributed to “artistic differences,” was announced Tuesday. Olivia Thirlby, of “Juno,” is the only remaining name from the ART’s original cast announcement from August. Back then, the leads were Leo, Thirlby, and Stephen Collins. Former “7th Heaven” star Collins dropped out of the show shortly after that announcement, months before he was investigated for allegations of child sexual abuse. He was replaced by Michael T. Weiss. The show opens for previews Nov. 28.

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