Actor John Cusack cancels Sunday show at Long Island theater


Actor John Cusack’s Sunday night show at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts has been postponed, the venue announced.

This marks the second time in recent months that Cusack has cancelled a scheduled performance at the downtown theater. His previously scheduled Oct. 8 performance was also cancelled.

Patchogue Theatre Executive Director Michele Rizzo-Berg did not offer further explanation for the latest postponement, only confirming to GreaterLongIsland that the cancellation came from the actor’s “side.” The actor has recently cancelled shows in other parts of the country.

The Patchogue event was billed as an “evening with John Cusack,” which would include audience interaction with the big screen star and a special screening of the 2000 romantic comedy-drama “High Fidelity,” which stars Cusack. A Q&A session with Cusack was to follow the movie screening.

As of Sunday morning, tickets remained on sale for close to $100.

While it’s unclear what spurred the postponement of Cusack’s show, Cusack has meanwhile remained extremely active on social media. Over the last 24 hours, he has made dozens and dozens of posts and re-posts on X (formerly Twitter), all of which express angst over the war in the Gaza Strip, particularly the deaths of Palestinian children in the conflict with Israel.

Some of the posts came after midnight in the early morning hours of Sunday. The “Sixteen Candles” star’s post below went live at 2:44 a.m. on Sunday.

Cusack at the last minute cancelled a show last week at the State Theatre in Portland. Similar to his pattern in Patchogue, Cusack had previously cancelled an October show at the State Theatre.

State Theatre officials said the cancellation there was due to a film schedule conflict with the actor. He also cancelled October shows in Phoenix and Beverly, Massachusetts, in October.

Similar screening events with Cusack were cancelled last month in Fayetteville and Little Rock, Arkansas.

While most of Cusack’s recent flicks have been low-budget straight-to-streaming films, he was once considered among Hollywood’s biggest earners.

His credits include “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “The Grifters,” “Eight Men Out,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Runaway Jury” and the apocalyptic thriller, 2012.” In 2001, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for his role “High Fidelity.”

Cusack became a household name in the 1980s, starring in the likes of “The Sure Thing” and “Say Anything.” Most recently, Cusack was seen in the Amazon’s SciFi series, “Utopia.”

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