Jo Bonney (Living Out, Fat Pig) directs the production slated to start performances Sept. 20 at the midtown Manhattan stage.
In the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in 1944, a black military lawyer (Diggs) who is sent from Washington to investigate the murder of a black Master Sergeant. In his search, he must overcome uncooperative officers including the victim's white commander (Pasquale) and fearful troops in this tale of deceit and prejudice.
The work originally played Off-Broadway in a Negro Ensemble Company staging that featured Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. Fuller later adapted the play for film in 1984 under the direction of Norman Jewison. Mackie recently appeared a Boston reading of the work opposite Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.
The all-male ensemble cast for the new Off-Broadway revival will include Teagle Bougere (A Raisin in the Sun) as Private Tony Smalls, Taye Diggs (Rent, "Kevin Hill") as Captain Richard Davenport, Michael Genet ("She Hate Me," "The 25th Hour") as Private James Wilkie, Anthony Mackie (McReele, "The Manchurian Candidate") as Private First Class Melvin Peterson, Dorian Missick ("Freedomland," "Shaft") as Private Louis Henson and Steven Pasquale (Fat Pig, "Rescue Me") as Captain Charles Taylor. More casting for the remaining roles is yet to be announced.
OBIE Award-winning director Bonney staged Lisa Loomer's Living Out for Second Stage Theatre. Her other directing credits include Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July, Jose Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Eric Bogosian's Humpty Dumpty, suburbia, Funhouse, Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll among many others. The Second Stage 2005-06 season will continue with the world premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed directed by Scott Ellis, the world premiere by Paul Weitz (Privilege, Roulette) and the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Water’s Edge starring Kate Burton and Tony Goldwyn under the direction of Will Frears.
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