David Morse, the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Best Actor for How I Learned to Drive, returns to Off-Broadway Oct. 5 with Heather McDonald's An Almost Holy Picture. Tony-winning director Michael Mayer (Side Man, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) will helm the project, opening Oct. 14 in a theatre to be announced. Morse performs the role of Samuel Gentle, the former priest, now church groundskeeper, whose faith is shaped by a voice he heard as a child; a horrible schoolbus accident that leads to his renunciation of the ministry; and coping with his daughter's rare endocrine disease. He previously played the role at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse and New Jersey's McCarter Theatre under Mayer's direction.
The Los Angeles Times named An Almost Holy Picture the best new play of 1995. Other works by McDonald include Faulkner's Bicycle, Dream of a Common Language, The Rivers and Ravines and Available Light.
Roy Gabay, Karalee Dawn and Matt Williams will produce the show Off Broadway.