Karen Ziemba and "Rescue Me" Star Among Cast of Off-Broadway's Almost Home

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22 Aug 2014

Karen Ziemba
Karen Ziemba

Joe Lisi (Take Me Out), James McCaffrey ("Rescue Me"), Jonny Orsini (The Nance), Brenda Pressley (The Lyons) and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact) will star in the world premiere of Walter Anderson's debut play Almost Home, producers announced Aug. 22.

The Directors Company will present the new work, which will be directed by Michael Parva and begin performances Sept. 12 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. The limited engagement will open Sept. 18 for a run through Oct. 12.

Here's how the play is billed: "In the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents’ dreams for his future and a police captain with plans of his own. Walter Anderson’s compelling new drama about the wars fought at home asks: whose dreams must be sacrificed to protect the ones we love?"

Anderson makes his playwriting debut with Almost Home, having previously written five books and worked extensively as a literacy advocate. A former Marine sergeant and Vietnam veteran, Anderson went on to publish Parade Magazine for over 30 years, serving as both chairman-CEO and editor-in-chief.

Parva is the artistic/producing director of The Directors Company and has shepherded over 50 new works, including moving Irena's Vow from an extended Off-Broadway run to a Broadway production.

The creative team also includes set designer Harry Feiner, lighting designer Graham Kindred, costume designer Michael McDonald, sound designer Quentin Chiappetta and hair/wig designer Leah J. Loukas.

The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit DirectorsCompany.org.