Soldiers of Rabe's Streamers Will March Again Off-Broadway; Ellis Directs

News   Soldiers of Rabe's Streamers Will March Again Off-Broadway; Ellis Directs Roundabout Theatre Company has announced details of its fall Off-Broadway revival of David Rabe's Vietnam-era play, Streamers, directed by Scott Ellis.
Scott Ellis
Scott Ellis Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Performances will begin Oct. 17 toward a Nov. 11 opening at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 W. 46th Street. Performances continue to Nov. 11.

The cast will include Hale Appleman (Richie), Larry Clarke (Sgt. Cokes), Ato Essandoh (Carlyle), Brad Fleischer (Billy), Charlie Hewson (Martin), John Sharian (Sgt. Rooney) and J.D. Williams (Roger).

This production of Streamers is based on the 2007 Huntington Theatre Company production directed by Ellis. A majority of the Huntington cast resurfaces here; additional casting to be announced.

According to the Roundabout, "In this powerful American masterpiece, four young soldiers fresh from boot camp wait anxiously in 1965 Virginia, watching the Vietnam conflict escalate. As they struggle to make sense of their new life in the army, tensions rise over race, sexuality, and class, culminating in an explosive act that changes them forever. Streamers is an unflinching exploration of the turmoil and confusion facing young men threatened by forces beyond their control."

The design team includes Neil Patel (sets), Tom Broecker (costumes), Jeff Croiter (lights) and John Gromada (sound). Roundabout's associate artistic director Ellis recently staged Roundabout's hit Tony-nominated Broadway production and subsequent two-year national tour of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men. Ellis returns to the Laura Pels stage following the recent production of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane starring Alec Baldwin.

Streamers premiered Off-Broadway, in a Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival production uptown at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, in April 1976 and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Streamers was eligible for the Tony Awards in 1977 and was nominated for Best Play. Mike Nichols directed; Joseph Papp produced.

Rabe's plays include The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (first produced in 1971 by Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival), Sticks and Bones, The Orphan, In the Boom Boom Room, Streamers, Goose and Tom Tom, Hurlyburly, Those the River Keeps, Cosmologies, A Question of Mercy, Gilgamesh the Prince and The Dog Problem.

His plaudits include Tony Award nominations (for Hurlyburly, Streamers and Boom Boom Room) and Obie Awards.

He won the 1972 Best Play Tony Award for Sticks and Bones, and received the Hull Warriner Award for playwriting three times. He recently received the Helen Merrill Award for Distinguished Playwriting. Rabe's screenplays include "I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can," "Streamers," "Casualties of War," "The Firm," "Hurlyburly" and the upcoming "The Untouchables: Capone Rising."

Rabe also wrote the novel "Recital of the Dog" and a collection of short stories entitled "A Primitive Heart."

His newest novel "Dinosaurs on the Roof" is scheduled for publication by Simon & Schuster in the summer of 2008.

Streamers will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Tickets will be available in summer 2008 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th Street.

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Productions playing in Roundabout's 2008 spring season include Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George starring Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell, directed by Sam Buntrock; Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels, directed by Rufus Norris; Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo, directed by Walter Bobbie.

Roundabout's hot production of The 39 Steps transfers to the Cort Theatre beginning April 29.

Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming 2008-09 season also includes Rodgers & Hart's Pal Joey, directed by Joe Mantello; Lisa Loomer's Distracted, starring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw; and Bob Fosse's Dancin', directed by Graciela Daniele.

The cast of <i>Streamers</i> at the Huntington: Ato Essendoh, Hale Appleman, JD Williams, Charlie Hewson, and Brad Fleischer.
The cast of Streamers at the Huntington: Ato Essendoh, Hale Appleman, JD Williams, Charlie Hewson, and Brad Fleischer. Photo by Eric Antoniou