Earle Hyman to Star in Off-Broadway's Sacrifice to Eros, Sept. 30-Dec. 14

News   Earle Hyman to Star in Off-Broadway's Sacrifice to Eros, Sept. 30-Dec. 14 Stage and screen veteran Earle Hyman will dedicate himself to a long run Off-Broadway this fall, as he stars in the new play, Sacrifice to Eros, running Sept. 30 to Dec. 14 at the Pantheon Theatre in midtown Manhattan. Official opening is Oct. 9.

Hyman's credits are many and varied. His Broadway debut was in the 1946 hit Anna Lucasta. He has since starred on Broadway in such plays as Execution of Justice, No Time for Sergeants and The Lady from Dubuque. He won his only Tony nomination for the latter. His most recent Broadway credit was the National Actors Theatre's The Master Builder, in which he played the title character of Solness. Off-Broadway, he was James Tyrone in a famous 1981 Public Theater staging of Long Day's Journey Into Night. He has also appeared in the West End and frequently in Scandinavia. Still, for all his stage work, he is best known as Bill Cosby's father on the sitcom "The Cosby Show."

In Eros, Hyman is Pa Westfield in a retelling of the Biblical tale of the Prodigal Son. Set by dramatist Frederick Timm in the Great Depression, the work also addresses gay issues.

The production company, Common Ground Productions, Inc., is set on "breaking racial, ethnic and sexual stereotypes by its goal of non traditional, color-blind casting."

Jeffrey Collins-Harper is the show's director. Also in the cast are Caesar Samayoa (Shakespeare's R&J), Don Clark Williams (Off-Broadway's Welcome to Our City), Eric Jordan Young (The Seussical, The Look of Love) and Maria Helan Checa.

Tickets are $40. The Pantheon is located at 303 W. 42Nd Street. Call (212) 868-4444.