Beyond Glory Replaces Friel's Home Place Off-Broadway

News   Beyond Glory Replaces Friel's Home Place Off-Broadway The New York premiere of Beyond Glory will replace the planned run of Brian Friel's The Home Place for the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway season.

Robert Falls (Talk Radio) will direct Beyond Glory, which was written by Stephen Lang from Larry Smith's book. Lang will also star.

Beyond Glory will begin previews May 25 and open June 21 for a limited run through Aug. 19 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. "Originally scheduled for this production slot, The Home Place, by Brian Friel will be scheduled at a time when we can find the right cast for this great play," explained Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes.

Theatrically adapted from the Smith book, "Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words," Beyond Glory "presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering first hand accounts of the actions which resulted in each of them receiving the nation's highest military award."

The work made its world premiere in Arlington, VA, in 2004 as presented by Tribute Productions. The show then toured military installations across the globe and played in the United States Senate in 2005 as part of a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense. Chicago's Goodman Theatre (where Falls is artistic director) most recently housed a limited run.

Lang previously teamed with the Roundabout in 1992, playing the title character in Hamlet at the Criterion Center. The actor currently appears in the workshop of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention at La Jolla Playhouse. Other credits include Defiance, A Few Good Men, Death of a Salesman and The Speed of Darkness (for which he earned a Tony Award nomination). He also appeared in the films "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals." Director Falls has maintained a healthy Broadway resume with his stagings of Shining City, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Aida, Death of a Salesman, The Young Man from Atlanta, The Night of the Iguana, The Rose Tattoo and The Speed of Darkness. He earned Tony Awards for his direction of Long Day's Journey Into Night and Death of a Salesman.

The design team includes Tony Cisek (sets), David Woolard (costumes), Dan Covey (lights) Cecil Averett (sound) and John Boesche (projections). Robert Kessler provides original music.

Roundabout currently presents Patrick Marber's Howard Katz starring Alfred Molina at the Laura Pels (through April 29). The company is represented on Broadway by the revival of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss at the American Airlines Theatre. Next up at Studio 54 will be a revival of the Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash musical 110 in the Shade starring Audra McDonald, Steve Kazee and John Cullum, April 13-July 15.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, visiting the Laura Pels box office (111 West 46 Street) or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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