Rosemary Harris and John Cullum Wait in a War Zone in Dorfman's The Other Side, at MTC

News   Rosemary Harris and John Cullum Wait in a War Zone in Dorfman's The Other Side, at MTC Ariel Dorfman's politically-charged play, The Other Side, opens Off-Broadway Dec. 13 in its American debut, with John Cullum, Rosemary Harris and Gene Farber at Manhattan Theatre Club's City Center Stage I.
From Left: Rosemary Harris and Gene Farber in The Other Side.
From Left: Rosemary Harris and Gene Farber in The Other Side. Photo by Joan Marcus

Previews began Nov. 10. An opening night party was celebrated last week.

Blanka Zizka, the respected co-artistic director of Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, stages the production. She previously helmed Yellowman at MTC.

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"Dorfman's moving, unexpectedly comic work is set near the border of two war torn countries where a man (Cullum) and a woman (Harris) await the return of their son who ran away 30 years ago," according to MTC. "They pass their days identifying the casualties of war. When peace is established and a border guard (Farber) arrives laying a new border directly through the middle of their home, their bleakly predictable world unravels."

The Other Side had its world premiere at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan in April 2004 and will open in London in 2006 with Sir Peter Hall directing. The creative team for the New York run includes Beowulf Borritt (set design), Linda Cho (costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design) and Scott Killian (sound design).

Cullum's recent movie credits include "Night Listener" with Robin Williams and "Charlotte's Web." On TV, he is best known as Holling on "Northern Exposure." He won Tony Awards for Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century, and nominations for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Urinetown: The Musical.

Farber most recently appeared in the Classic Stage Company's production of The Winter's Tale with David Strathairn.

Harris most recently appeared in Edward Albee's All Over for the Roundabout in 2002. Her Broadway credits include A Delicate Balance, Waiting in the Wings, An Inspector Calls, Hay Fever, Pack of Lies, Heartbreak House, The Royal Family, A Streetcar Named Desire, Old Times and The Lion in the Winter (Tony Award).

Dorfman, a Chilean-American whose works are infused with moral and political questions, penned Death and the Maiden,, and holds the Walter Hines Page Chair of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University. He received the Olivier Award for Best Play for Death and the Maiden in London. It also played Broadway and was later a feature film by Roman Polanski. His other new plays in the 2005-06 season are Purgatorio at Seattle Rep, directed by David Esbjornson; and Picasso's Closet at Theater J in Washington, D.C., directed by John Dillon.

City Center is at 131 W. 55th Street.

The Other Side performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM, and Sunday evening performances at 7 PM. Starting Dec. 19: Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

Tickets are $65 and can be reserved by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.