The Roundabout Theatre Company has added Heather McDonald's award winning single-hander, An Almost Holy Picture to its subscription season. The play starts previews Jan. 26, 2001, at the Gramercy Theatre. Opening night is Feb. 22 and the run is scheduled through May 6.
Roundabout artistic associate Michael Mayer (Uncle Vanya, Side Man, A View from the Bridge) directs the show; but casting and creative team decisions are still forthcoming.
Having garnered both a Kesselring Prize and a Helen Hayes Award, the play deals with a single character, church groundskeeper Samuel Gentle, as he struggles with his journey of faith.
An Almost Holy Picture was previously announced last fall for Off Broadway, with How I Learned to Drive's Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle and Lucille Lortel Award-winning actor David Morse. That run, however, was postponed due to lack of theatre, according to a press spokesperson at Shirley Hertz Associates. The play was originally scheduled for Oct. 5 previews with an opening to follow Oct. 14. Morse was to have filled the role of Samuel Gentle, the former priest, now church groundskeeper, whose faith is shaped by: a voice he heard as a child; a horrible schoolbus accident that leads to his renunciation of the ministry; and coping with his daughter's rare endocrine disease. He previously played the role at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse and New Jersey's McCarter Theatre under Mayer's direction.
Roy Gabay, Karalee Dawn and Matt Williams were to have produced the show Off-Broadway.