Max Stafford-Clark — who staged the London premiere of the work — directs the run at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The limited Off-Broadway engagement officially opens Oct. 17 for a run slated through Dec. 23. The Overwhelming follows the "story of an American family, newly arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, in early 1994, who come face-to-face with the realization that nothing and no one around them is what they understood it to be," according to show notes. "Finding themselves embroiled in events beyond their understanding, three Americans struggle to discover who they can trust and what they will do when faced with matters of life and death."
The ensemble of the work includes Chris Chalk, Ron Cephas Jones, Tisola Logan, Boris McGiver, Owiso Odera, Charles Parnell, Linda Powell, James Rebhorn, Sam Robards, Michael Stahl-David and Sharon Washington.
The design team features Tim Shortall (sets), Tobin Ost (costumes), David Weiner (lighting) and Gareth Fry (sound).
The Overwhelming made its world premiere in May 2006 at London's Cottesloe Theatre. The production was presented by the National Theatre in association with Out of Joint and then toured England through the fall of 2006.
Tickets to The Overwhelming are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, visiting the Laura Pels box office (111 West 46 Street) or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.