The work will open the "souls at war" season for Theatre for a New Audience, beginning previews Nov. 6 and opening Nov. 14 at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Colin Teevan pens a new adaptation of Jaroslav Hasek's The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the Great War, simply titled Svejk for the North American debut of the work. Dalia Ibelhauptaite directs.
Spinella heads a cast that includes Max Casella, Jo Flores Chase, David Deblinger, Juliana Frances, Michael Gotch, Ken Jennings, Paul Lazar, Peter McRobbie, Mark Mineart, Chip Persons, Richard Poe, and Ryan Shively. The actors will portray 40 roles in the production.
Svejk (pronounced to rhyme with cake) will feature 20 pieces of music — some new, some set to traditional Eastern European melodies — by composer Lenny Pickett (music director for "Saturday Night Live") with lyrics by Mr. Teevan.
The designer team features Gideon Davey (set), Mimi Jordan Sherin (lighting), Anita Yavich (costumes) and Robert Kaplowitz (sound). Spinella earned his Tony for his Broadway debut in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika. Other Broadway credits include A View from the Bridge, Electra, James Joyce's The Dead and the recent revival of Our Town.
The remainder of the season will include Karin Coonrod's staging of Shakespeare's Coriolanus (begins previews Feb. 5, 2005) and Michael Feingold's new translation of Eduardo De Filippo's Souls of Naples with John Turturro (April 2 start).
Tickets for Svejk at The Duke, 229 West 42 Street, can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.tfana.org/.