The Public Theater has announced that the world premiere of Nathan Englander's The Twenty-Seventh Man has delayed the start of previews by one day, to Nov. 8. It will still open Off-Broadway as scheduled Nov. 18.
The delay is due to Hurricane Sandy, which left the Public Theater without power for much of last week. The play was originally scheduled to premiere Nov. 7. It will continue performances through Dec. 9 under the direction of Barry Edelstein. As previously reported, Edelstein is departing the Public to take over as the new artistic director of San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
Englander ("What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank") has adapted the stage production from his short story.
"In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin's secret police have rounded up twenty-six writers, the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia," according to the Public. "As judgment looms, a twenty-seventh suddenly appears: Pinchas Pelovits, unpublished and unknown. Baffled by his arrest, he and his cellmates wrestle with the mysteries of party loyalty and politics, culture and identity, and what it means to write in troubled times. When they discover why the twenty-seventh man is among them, the writers come to realize that even in the face of tyranny, stories still have the power to transcend."
The production will feature scenic design by Michael McGarty, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and sound design by Darron L West.
For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.
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