Stars Set for Off-Broadway Revival of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Second Stage

News   Stars Set for Off-Broadway Revival of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Second Stage The unlikely Bronx couple in the Second Stage Theatre revival of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea will be played by Kirk Acevedo and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Leigh Silverman directs Acevedo (HBO's "Oz" and "Band of Brothers") in the title role and DeWitt (Small Tragedy).The play concerns a man and woman who meet in a Bronx dive, and their ensuing tumultuous encounter.

The Shanley revival starts previews at the company's midtown home Oct. 21 and opens Nov. 10 for a run currently slated through Dec. 5.

The play had its premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in February 1984 then played Off-Broadway in June 1984 starring John Turturro and June Stein. The work is one of three Shanley plays to hit the stage this season — including the new works Sailor's Song (LAByrinth Theatre Company) and Doubt (Manhattan Theatre Club).

Acevedo is known to television audiences for his role as “Alvarez” on the HBO series "Oz." The Brooklyn native, who played Off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's Tooth of Crime, has also appeared in the film "The Thin Red Line" and in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers."

DeWitt recently earned an OBIE Award as the ensemble of Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy. Other stage appearances include Anonymous, Dead Reckoning and Plummet, The Group, A Lifetime of Reasons and Clash by Night. She will also appear in the upcoming films "The Cinderella Man" and "The Great New Wonderful." The design team for the production will feature Santo Loquasto (scenic), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume), Jeff Croiter (lighting) and John Gromada (sound).

Bronx scribe Shanley's plays include Cellini, Savage in Limbo, the dreamer examines his pillow, Beggars in the House of Plenty, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, Italian American Reconciliation, Missing/Kissing, The Big Funk, Where’s My Money? and Dirty Story. As a screenwriter, he is known for his "Five Corners" and "Moonstruck."

Director Silverman staged the acclaimed run of Lisa Kron's Well Off-Broadway last season. Other credits include Jump/Cut (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, D.C.), Wit (London's West End and L.A.'s Geffen Theatre), How I Learned to Drive (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Theatre J, Washington, D.C.) and Blown Sideways Through Life (Adirondack Theatre Festival).

Second Stage — who will co-present the upcoming Broadway staging of Reckless — will present a 2004-05 season that includes the William Finn-Rachel Sheinkin musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (starting Jan. 11, 2005), the world premiere of Paul Weitz's Privilege (starting March 29, 2005) and Cheryl L. West's Birdie Blue starring "Law & Order" actress S. Epatha Merkerson (from May 31, 2005).

For tickets to Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street, (off Eighth Avenue), call (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048. For more information, visit www.SecondStageTheatre.com.