Iraq-Based "At War," with Garofalo, Hamilton, Strathairn and Sunjata, Begins Jan. 21

News   Iraq-Based "At War," with Garofalo, Hamilton, Strathairn and Sunjata, Begins Jan. 21
 
Bebe Neuwirth, Josh Hamilton, Bobby Cannavale, Daniel Sunjata, Gloria Reuben, Denis O'Hare, Janeane Garofalo and David Strathairn star in The Fire Dept's "At War: American Playwrights Respond To Iraq" series, starting Jan. 21.

Erica Gould directs the work slated to play Mondays evenings at 7:30 PM through Feb. 4 at The Bleecker Street Theatre.

The cast will feature a rotating roster of stars. Janeane Garofalo, Josh Hamilton, Sarah Hayon, Amanda Marikar, Derek Phillips, David Strathairn and Daniel Sunjata will appear Jan. 21. Garofalo, Phillips and Sunjata will be joined by Sarah Hayon, Denis O'Hare and Gloria Reuben Jan. 28. O'Hare returns Feb. 4 with Bobby Cannavale and Bebe Neuwirth.

The ensemble will also feature Jennifer Albano, Jessica Blank, Adam Feingold, Judith Hawking, Korey Jackson, Erik Jensen, Steven Rattazzi, Jake Robards, Audrey Rosenberg, Jonathan Schaefer, Jeremy Schwartz, Michael Warner and Jeremy Webb.

The newly "expanded and updated version" of the Salon Series reading that took place in June, "At War: American Playwrights Respond To Iraq," is described in an announcement as "an evening of alternately moving, haunting, and funny material by noted and emerging American playwrights, woven together to present a kaleidoscope of views on the war."

Fire Dept artistic directors Jessica Blank, Erica Gould and Audrey Rosenberg have crafted the new stage project from writings penned by Blank and Erik Jensen, Bathsheba Doran, Cory Hinkle, Rajiv Joseph, Ryan Kelly, Peter Maloney, Jose Rivera, Lynn Rosen and Jonathan Schaefer. The Fire Dept — initially inspired by The Exonerated and Brave New World: American Theatre Responds to 9/11 — "is made up of established and emerging writers, directors, actors and designers who have come together to create and produce work that cannot be replicated inside a television box or on a movie screen," according to an announcement.

Blank (The Exonerated), Gould (Brave New World) and Rosenberg (Elle) serve as artistic directors for the troupe.

Tickets for "At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq" at The Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker (near Lafayette St.), are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit thefiredept.org.

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