|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The Twenty-Seventh Man began previews Nov. 8 and officially opened Nov. 18 under the direction of Barry Edelstein. It was originally scheduled to close Dec. 9. Englander ("What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank") adapted the stage production from his own work.
The cast features Happy Anderson (Guard), Byron Jennings (The Agent in Charge), Daniel Oreskes (Moishe Bretzky), Ron Rifkin (Yevgeny Zunser), Noah Robbins (Pinchas Pelovits) and Chip Zien (Vasily Korinsky).
"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 "As judgment looms, a twenty-seventh suddenly appears: Pinchas Pelovits, unpublished and unknown.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 has scenic design by Michael McGarty, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and sound design by Darron L West.