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Steven Soderbergh to direct Chloe Grace Moretz at Public Theater

Steven Soderbergh to direct Chloe Grace Moretz at Public Theater
Steven Soderbergh will direct a play by writer Scott Z. Burns, who collaborated with Soderbergh on the films "Contagion" and "Side Effects." Burns' play "The Library" will open at the Public Theater in New York. (Claudette Barius / Warner Bros.)

For someone who has retired from his main gig of directing movies, Steven Soderbergh has been keeping a busy schedule. In addition to working on the new cable mini-series "The Knick" and publishing a novel in tweet form, Soderbergh will direct a new play starring Chloe Grace Moretz that will open at New York's Public Theater in April.

"The Library," penned by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns, will start performances at the Public on March 25 and will have an official opening on April 15. The world premiere at the Public is scheduled to run through April 27.

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Moretz will play a student who survives a deadly shooting at her high school and then struggles to tell her story to her parents and the authorities. But her version of the truth becomes distorted in the subsequent media coverage of the incident.

Burns wrote the screenplays for such Soderbergh movies as "Contagion," "The Informant!" and last year's "Side Effects."

This won't be the first time Soderbergh has helmed a stage production. The Oscar-winning director staged "Tot Mom," a production inspired by the Casey Anthony case, at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia in 2009.

Soderbergh said he retired from feature-film directing after "Side Effects." Since then, he has directed for television, including HBO's "Behind the Candelabra." He is also working on "The Knick," a historical mini-series for the cable channel Cinemax.

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