Dan Klores' World-Premiere Drama The Wood Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 15

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The life of late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike McAlary unfolds in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater world premiere of Dan Klores' The Wood, which officially opens Off-Broadway Sept. 15 after previews that began Sept. 1.

John Viscardi in The Wood.
John Viscardi in The Wood. Photo by Sandra Coudert

David Bar Katz directs the play about McAlary, the former Daily News and New York Post columnist who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his exposé of the New York police torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. McAlary died of cancer at the age of 41 in 1998.

The Wood will continue through Oct. 9. (The production was originally scheduled to begin previews Aug. 31 and open Sept. 8, but dates were rescheduled after welcoming a new cast member and losing technical rehearsals due to Hurricane Irene.)

The cast features John Viscardi as McAlary (Madwoman of Chaillot, "The Sopranos"),  Vladimir Versailles as Louima, Michael Carlsen (The Coast of Utopia) as Justin Volpe, Melanie Charles as Micheline Louima/Nurse, LAByrinth Theater co-founder David Deblinger (Our Lady of 121st Street) as Tommy, Kim Director ("Inside Man") as Alice McAlary, Thomas Kopache (Orpheus Descending, Our Town) as Kornberg/Editor/Cop/Garbus and Sidney Williams (Little Flower of East Orange) as Doctor/EMS Worker/Deputy Commissioner.

The design team includes John McDermott (scenic design), Kalere A. Payton (costume design), Joel Moritz (lighting design), Janie Bullard (sound design), Steve Channon (projection design) and Nina Alexander (properties).

Klores' play Little Doc received its world premiere as part of Rattlestick's 2010 season. His films include "The Boys of 2nd Street Park," "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks," "Crazy Love" and "Black Magic."

Visit rattlestick.org. The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place (between West 11th and Perry St.).

John Viscardi, Michael Carlsen and Vladimir Versailles in <i>The Wood</i>.
John Viscardi, Michael Carlsen and Vladimir Versailles in The Wood. Photo by Sandra Coudert
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