John Viscardi Is Journalist Mike McAlary in Premiere of The Wood, Starting Sept. 1

News   John Viscardi Is Journalist Mike McAlary in Premiere of The Wood, Starting Sept. 1
 
The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater world premiere of Dan Klores' The Wood, starring John Viscardi as late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike McAlary, begins previews Off-Broadway Sept. 1.

John Viscardi
John Viscardi

David Bar Katz directs the world premiere of Klores' play about McAlary, the former Daily News and New York Post columnist who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his exposé of the New York police torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. McAlary died of cancer at the age of 41 in 1998.

The Wood will officially open Sept. 15 for a run through Oct. 9. (The production was originally scheduled to begin previews Aug. 31 and open Sept. 8, but dates were rescheduled after welcoming a new cast member and losing technical rehearsals due to Hurricane Irene.)

The cast also features Vladimir Versailles as Louima, Michael Carlsen (The Coast of Utopia) as Justin Volpe, Melanie Charles as Micheline Louima/Nurse, LAByrinth Theater co-founder David Deblinger (Our Lady of 121st Street) as Tommy, Kim Director ("Inside Man") as Alice McAlary, Thomas Kopache (Orpheus Descending, Our Town) as Kornberg/Editor/Cop/Garbus and Sidney Williams (Little Flower of East Orange) as Doctor/EMS Worker/Deputy Commissioner.

The design team includes John McDermott (scenic design), Kalere A. Payton (costume design), Joel Moritz (lighting design), Janie Bullard (sound design), Steve Channon (projection design) and Nina Alexander (properties).

Klores' play Little Doc received its world premiere as part of Rattlestick's 2010 season. His films include "The Boys of 2nd Street Park," "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks," "Crazy Love" and "Black Magic."

Visit rattlestick.org. The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place (between West 11th and Perry St.).

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