Closing the season at Off-Broadway's Primary Stages is Bruce J. Robinson's Byrd's Boy, directed by Arthur Masella. Performances began May 30 for an opening June 11 and a run ending July 1, according to a spokesperson.
David McCallum, a newly ubiquitous presence on Manhattan stages, plays Byrd, a brilliant but deranged homeless man who may be the son of Admiral Byrd. Myra Lucretia Taylor co-stars in the two-hander as a night watch-woman who has her own headaches to deal with. The two meet in a Baltimore warehouse and reveal unresolved issues with their fathers.
Asked about the impetus for the play, author Robinson wrote to Playbill On-Line and noted, "A major objective was to write a piece that celebrates what makes us all humans. As I always do, I wanted to write with flair, emotion, and humor... If people come out of Primary Stages thinking that they've been on a good ride and feeling a little better about being human, I'll be delighted."
Best known for his years as "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," actor McCallum has taken to New York theatre in a big way recently, starting with a supporting role in Nasty Little Secrets at Primary Stages two seasons back. Since then, he's appeared in Communicating Doors, a Broadway revival of Amadeus, a Central Park Julius Caesar (as Caesar), and MTC's musical Time and Again.
Actress Taylor appeared in Macbeth and Electra on Broadway and The American Clock at OB's Signature Theatre. Helping Byrd's Boy take wing are designers Peter West (lighting), Donald DiNicola (music & sound) and Candide Tony-winner Judith Dolan (costumes).
For tickets and information on Byrd's Boy at Primary Stages, 354 West 45 St., call (212) 333-4052.
Sources close to Primary Stages say the first show of next season will be An Immaculate Misconception by and starring Carl Djerassi, the "godfather" of the birth control pill.
— By David Lefkowitz