Lang Goes Beyond Glory May 25 for Off-Broadway Solo Staged by Falls

News   Lang Goes Beyond Glory May 25 for Off-Broadway Solo Staged by Falls Stephen Lang pens and stars in the New York premiere of Beyond Glory, which begins previews May 25 at Off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre.
Stephen Lang in Beyond Glory
Stephen Lang in Beyond Glory Photo by Diane Williams

Robert Falls (Talk Radio) directs the Roundabout Theatre Company production, which is slated to open June 21 for a limited run through Aug. 19.

Theatrically adapted from the Larry Smith book "Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words," Beyond Glory "presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering first hand accounts of the actions which resulted in each of them receiving the nation's highest military award."

The work made its world premiere in Arlington, VA, in 2004 as presented by Tribute Productions. The show then toured military installations across the globe and played in the United States Senate in 2005 as part of a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense. Chicago's Goodman Theatre (where Falls is artistic director) most recently housed a limited run.

Lang previously teamed with the Roundabout in 1992, playing the title character in Hamlet at the Criterion Center. The actor recently appeared in the workshop of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention at La Jolla Playhouse. Other credits include Defiance, A Few Good Men, Death of a Salesman and The Speed of Darkness (for which he earned a Tony Award nomination). He also appeared in the films "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals."

Director Falls has maintained a healthy Broadway resume with his stagings of Shining City, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Aida, Death of a Salesman, The Young Man from Atlanta, The Night of the Iguana, The Rose Tattoo and The Speed of Darkness. He earned Tony Awards for his direction of Long Day's Journey Into Night and Death of a Salesman. The design team includes Tony Cisek (sets), David Woolard (costumes), Dan Covey (lights) Cecil Averett (sound) and John Boesche (projections). Robert Kessler provides original music.

Roundabout had previously announced another production for this time slot. "Originally scheduled for this production slot, The Home Place, by Brian Friel will be scheduled at a time when we can find the right cast for this great play," explained Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes in a previous statement.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, visiting the Laura Pels box office (111 West 46 Street) or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

Stephen Lang in the Goodman Theatre's production of <i>Beyond Glory</i>.
Stephen Lang in the Goodman Theatre's production of Beyond Glory. Photo by Liz Lauren