Primary Stages Theatre, which has been in limbo since its fall 2001 staging of Carl Djerassi's Immaculate Misconception, resurfaces Off-Broadway May 8 with the first preview of Richard Vetere's contemporary psychological thriller One Shot, One Kill.
Opening night is May 20. Performances continue to June 9. Joe Brancato (Cobb) directs.
The play is set in a U.S. Marine Corps training school in Quantico, VA, where veteran Marine snipers from Vietnam and Beirut are brought in to train young recruits for combat. It's "the story of one decorated young sergeant's efforts to continue to serve and protect his country, while learning to accept the harsh realities of war and struggling to maintain his commitment to himself and his family," according to production notes.
Vetere is the author of The Third Miracle, The Marriage Fool and How To Go Out on a Date In Queens.
One Shot, One Kill stars Robert Montano (Broadway's On the Town) as Sergeant Nick Harris, Michael Cullen (Broadway's Bus Stop) as Major Mark Royce and Andrea Maulella as Nicole Harris. Vetere's play was produced at Penguin Repertory Company in Stony Brook, NY, in 1998. Casey Childs, artistic director of Primary Stages, presents the work in association with Morton Wolkowitz. Director Brancato helmed Off-Broadway productions of Cobb, Two and a Half Jews, My Italy Story, Last Romeo, Treats, The Matter of Minutes and The Understanding.
Designers are Tony Straiges (scenic), Curtis Hay (costume), Jeff Nellis (lighting) and Johnna Doty (sound).
Tickets are $45. For reservations, call (212) 333-4052. Primary Stages is located at 354 West 45th Street and on the web at http://www.primarystages.com.
Primary Stages has given life to over 70 new plays (many of them world premieres) by such writers as Willy Holtzman, Romulus Linney, Donald Margulies, Melissa Manchester, John Patrick Shanley, Lanie Robertson, Gen LeRoy, Constance Congdon and Mac Wellman.
Associate producer Wolkowitz has produced The Unexpected Man by Yazmina Reza, starring Alan Bates and Eileen Atkins; Stomp, created and directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas; The Enemy is Dead by Don Petersen, starring Linda Lavin; Donny Brook with music and lyrics by Johnny Burke, starring Art Lund and Eddie Foy, Jr.; and My Astonishing Self starring Donal Donnelly.
— By Kenneth Jones
and Christine Ehren