Crash Landing in Enemy Territory Sparks Drama in U.S. Premiere of American Pilot

News   Crash Landing in Enemy Territory Sparks Drama in U.S. Premiere of American Pilot The American Pilot, the new David Greig drama that earned praise in London, gets its U.S. premiere Nov. 2 in an Off-Broadway production by Manhattan Theatre Club.

MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow directs the staging at City Center's Stage II. Opening is Nov. 21.

"In a rural village in a war-torn country, an American pilot crash-lands," according to MTC. "Should the villagers in the region help him, murder him or use him as a pawn in a dangerous game with the enemy? This powerful, topical and very human new play just earned raves at London's Royal Shakespeare Company. This new production will mark its eagerly anticipated American premiere."

The cast features Geoffrey Arend (The Translator), Anjali Bhimani (Evie), Brian Bielawski (Soldier #1), Yusef Bulos (The Trader), Josh Casaubon (Soldier #2), Ron Domingo (The Farmer), Aaron Staton (The American Pilot), Rita Wolf (Sarah) and Waleed F. Zuaiter (The Captain).

The design team comprises Derek McLane (set design), Ilona Somogyi (costume design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design) and Obadiah Eaves (sound design).

Performances continue to Dec. 31. For more information, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com. *

MTC's concurrent productions include Losing Louie at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre and Regrets Only by Paul Rudnick at City Center Stage I.

Standing: Ron Domingo, Waleed F. Zuaiter. Geoffrey Arend, Josh Casaubon; Seated in Midde: Yusef Bulos, Aaron Staton, Rita Wolf, Brian Bielawksi; Seated on Floor: Anjali Bhimani.
Standing: Ron Domingo, Waleed F. Zuaiter. Geoffrey Arend, Josh Casaubon; Seated in Midde: Yusef Bulos, Aaron Staton, Rita Wolf, Brian Bielawksi; Seated on Floor: Anjali Bhimani. Photo by Joan Marcus