Countryman Will Star in Margulies' Shipwrecked! Off-Broadway

News   Countryman Will Star in Margulies' Shipwrecked! Off-Broadway Michael Countryman will tackle the title role in Primary Stages' upcoming Off-Broadway production of Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself).
Michael Countryman in Long Wharf Theatre's Shipwrecked
Michael Countryman in Long Wharf Theatre's Shipwrecked Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Lisa Peterson (The Model Apartment) directs the New York premiere, which will play the Off-Broadway company's home Jan. 27-March 7, 2009 with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 8. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner With Friends penned the work that centers on a "tale of adventure that left England spellbound in the 19th century," according to Primary Stages. Shipwrecked! follows "Louis de Rougemont, a would-be explorer, [who] invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity… [and] examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world."

Countryman (Night Must Fall, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams) will lead a cast (in the title role) that also features Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Well) as Player 1 and Jeremy Bobb (Is He Dead?) as Player 2.

Commissioned by South Coast Repertory, the work made its world premiere there in September 2007 starring Gregory Itzin (of television's "24"). Countryman reprises the role he played for the Long Wharf Theatre production earlier this year.

The design team for Shipwrecked! includes Neil Patel (set), Michael Krass (costumes), Stephen Strawbridge (lights) and John Gromada (sound). The production stage manager is Matthew Melchiorre.

Primary Stages next presents the world premiere of Tina Howe's Chasing Manet (March 24-May 2, 2009) with Tony Award winner Jane Alexander and Lynn Cohen ("Sex and the City").

Tickets to Shipwrecked! at 59E59 Theaters (located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit primarystages.com.