Stephen Belber's McReele World Premiere Sets Dates for Off-Broadway

News   Stephen Belber's McReele World Premiere Sets Dates for Off-Broadway Stephen Belber's McReele starring Anthony Mackie has set dates for its world premiere at the Laura Pels Theatre.

The Roundabout Theatre Company presentation is set to begin preview performances Feb. 4, 2005 and open Feb. 24, 2005 at Roundabout's Off-Broadway home. The run is currently slated through May 1, 2005.

McReele follows an African-American who garners growing support for a Senate seat after being exonerated for an 18-year-old murder charge that landed him on death row. The intelligent and politically-minded man becomes a front-runner for the spot, bolstered by his sympathetic past and magnetic persona. Then, questions begin to arise about his role in the murder.

Frozen and Doubt director Doug Hughes is set to stage the work for Roundabout in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Busy Hughes will also direct the venue's next tenant, Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter, set to start May 13, 2005.

Mackie made his Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and returned to the stage last season in Drowning Crow. In the interim, the actor was busy with film projects including Jonathan Demme's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate, Spike Lee's "She Hate Me" and "Sucker Free City" (Showtime), "Brother to Brother," "Haven" and can currently be seen in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby." Other stage credits include the Moderator in Talk (Public Theater, 2002 Obie Award), understudy for Don Cheadle as Booth in Topdog/Underdog (Public) and Tupac in Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop).

Belber is the playwright of Match — which garnered last year's Tony Award winner Frank Langella another nomination this year. The Tectonic Theatre Company member who helped pen The Laramie Project is also known for his Tape — which enjoyed an Off-Broadway run and film adaptation. Other plays include Finally, The Death of Frank, The Transparency Of Val, Through Fred, The Wake, Broken Fall, Steve, Wind and Stone Cold Lyricism. Two other plays in development include A Small, Melodramatic Story and Stabbing. For more information on shows and subscriptions, call Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or visit www.roundabouttheatre.org .