Rumors have persisted for almost a year that John Pielmeier's thriller, Voices In The Dark , would be heading for the Great White Way. When reached on Dec. 2, producer Ben Sprecher maintained the show was still slated to be Broadway bound this season, with hopes for late Spring.
Sprecher also told PBOL casting was not yet set, indicating that the previously announced Gates McFadden (of "Star Trek: The Next Generation") would not be with the show. McFadden starred in the show's Feb.-Mar. tryout at NJ's George Street Theatre. Voices' Broadway debut had originally been postponed because McFadden was busy shooting the next "Next Generation" movie.
Christopher Ashley, director of the George Street run, is still slated to direct the Broadway premiere.
A George Street spokesperson told Playbill On-Line in August, "[Voices] sold very well here; we made some good money." He also acknowledged the piece went through "lots of rewrites" during the tryout."
Pielmeier's Voices in the Dark tells of a radio psychologist trapped with a psycho in a snowed-in house. The play was originally mounted by Pielmeier himself (author of Agnes of God) back in October 1994 at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre.
Designing the NJ and Broadway Voices are David Gallo (set), David C. Woolard (costumes) and Donald Holder (lighting). Co-starring in the George Street staging were Jonathan Hogan (As Is), John Ahlin, Peter Bartlett, Nicole Fonarow, Larkin Malloy, Robert Petkoff and Charles Wagner IV.
Pielmeier's other works include Willi, which he appeared in at Seattle's ACT in 1991, Steeple Chase, The Boys of Winter and Impassioned Embraces.