Middle-East Tensions Fuel New Broadway Play Sixteen Wounded, Starting March 22

News   Middle-East Tensions Fuel New Broadway Play Sixteen Wounded, Starting March 22 Eliam Kraiem's Jewish-Palestinian drama, Sixteen Wounded, will begin performances at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre starting March 22, producers announced Jan. 14.
Omar Metwally in Sixteen Wounded
Omar Metwally in Sixteen Wounded

As previously reported by Playbill On-Line, Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) will direct Judd Hirsch, Martha Plimpton, Jan Maxwell and Omar Metwally in the work slated to open April 15.

Set in 1990s 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 workshop at the Sundance Theater Lab in 1997 and as part of the Mentor Season series at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2002. The Long Wharf Theatre staged the play with Academy Award-winner Martin Landau heading up the cast in 2003.

Jujamcyn Theaters, Delphi Productions and Producers Four produce the Broadway run. The design team for Sixteen Wounded will feature Francis O'Connor (set and costume), James F. Ingalls (lighting) and John Gromada (sound).

Off-Broadway baby Martha Plimpton (Hobson's Choice, subUrbia) makes her Broadway debut with Sixteen Wounded. Landau's New Haven, Connecticut co star Omar Metwally reprises his role opposite Judd Hirsch (Art, I'm Not Rappaport) and Jan Maxwell (The Dinner Party).

Director Hynes made history in 1998 as the very first female director to garner a Tony Award for Direction — for her staging of The Beauty Queen of Leenane — albeit mere moments before Julie Taymor became the first woman to win for Best Direction of a Musical for The Lion King. She followed up her success with another nomination for her work on The Lonesome West in 1999.

Tickets to Sixteen Wounded, at the Walter Kerr, 219 West 48th Street, will be available March 7 by calling (212) 239-6200 or in-person at the box office March 8.

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