Jewish-Palestinian Drama Sixteen Wounded a Possibility for Broadway in March

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Eliam Kraiem's Jewish-Palestinian drama, Sixteen Wounded, may play Broadway as early as March of 2004 at a Jujamcyn house.

Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) will direct the upcoming Broadway staging of Kraiem's play, beginning previews March 22 and opening April 15, according to a casting notice. The Long Wharf Theatre, where the play was staged earlier this year, will serve as co-producers with Jujamcyn Theaters.

All Jujamcyn houses are currently spoken for: Al Hirschfeld (Wonderful Town), Walter Kerr (Take Me Out), Eugene O'Neill (Nine), St. James (The Producers), Virginia (Little Shop of Horrors). However, Nine is currently billed as a limited engagement through Jan. 4 and tickets to Take Me Out are only available until that day as well. The Kerr, a 900-seater, has traditionally been a play house.

Set in modern-day Holland, Sixteen Wounded traces the unlikely friendship between a Jewish baker and his young Palestinian apprentice. The stagework is the first play by the rising scribe Kraiem. The work was developed as part of the Mentor Season series at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Academy Award-winner Martin Landau headed up the cast of the New Haven, Connecticut staging under the direction of Matt August. Representatives for Landau could not confirm if he would reprise his role. (The audition notice states "Understudy only" for the two leading roles.) His casting would mark a return to the Broadway stage after an absence of over 45 years.

Landau, who won his Oscar for portraying Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood," most recently appeared on the silver screen in "The Majestic." In his twenties, Landau studied with Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio, going on to perform on Broadway in Goat Song, Stalag 17, First Love, The Penguin and Middle of the Night. His performance in the latter's national tour led to a Hollywood career, which has included the films "North by Northwest," "The Greatest Story Every Told," "Cleopatra," "Tucker: A Man and His Dream" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and TV's "Mission: Impossible."

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