Soldiers Refuse to Be Interred in Rare NYC Revival of Bury the Dead, Starting Oct. 31

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Transport Group's Off-Broadway revival of Irwin Shaw's 1936 anti-war play, Bury the Dead, with ghostly appearances of dead soldiers, begins performances on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

Under the direction of Joe Calarco, who has also added a brief "curtain-raiser" piece to the production, the cast includes Jeremy Beck, Fred Berman, Mandell Butler, Donna Lynne Champlin (Obie Award winner for Transport Group's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs), Jake Hart, Jeff Pucillo and Matt Sincell.

Opening is Nov. 9 at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B, in the East Village.

A series of special events (spelled out below) surrounds the production.

This is the first major New York revival of Shaw's play. Performances will continue to Nov. 23.

According to Transport Group, "Shaw's harrowing 1936 classic Bury the Dead takes place during 'the second year of the war that is to begin tomorrow night.' While a military burial detail goes about its sad duties, the dead soldiers shockingly begin to rise up, pleading not to be buried. Word of their insurrection spreads rapidly: the dead will not yield so easily. In a series of touching scenes the dead men talk with their loved ones of the days of living, now lost forever." Champlin plays the drama's female roles. Her Broadway credits include Hollywood Arms and the recent revival of Sweeney Todd.

Calarco told, "In Bury the Dead there are six scenes at the end of the play after the government has gone to the women of the dead men who are refusing to be buried to ask them to go talk to their men to convince them to lie down and be buried. Donna Lynne is playing each of the six women — quite a tour de force. Also, Bury the Dead is a one-act and has often been done with a 'curtain-raiser' short play to start the evening. I am writing a new curtain-raiser for Donna Lynne."


Calarco is a Lucille Lortel Award winner for Shakespeare's R & J.

Transport Group is winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award and a 2007 Obie Award.

The creative team includes set designer Sandra Goldmark, costume designer Kathryn Rohe, lighting designer R. Lee Kennedy, sound designer Michael Rasbury and production stage manager Wendy Patten.

Bury the Dead plays Thursday through Saturday and Monday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM through Nov. 23.

There is only an evening performance on Saturday, Nov. 1 and there is an added performance on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8 PM. The evening performance on Saturday, Nov. 8 is at 7 PM.

Tickets are $38 and are available at or by phoning (212) 352-3101; $10 rush tickets are available to students one hour prior to curtain. For more information about Transport Group and Bury the Dead, visit


Founded in 2001, Transport Group, under the leadership of Jack Cummings III, artistic director, and Lori Fineman, executive director, is a not-for-profit theatre company that develops and produces work by American playwrights and composers with the aim of exploring the American consciousness in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Transport Group Series of Talkbacks and Special Events for Bury the Dead

Monday, Nov. 3, 8 PM
TALKBACK – "Theater-As-Protest": A discussion of current, politically-charged productions featuring special guests Jonathan Groff (actor, The Public Theater's Hair), Daniel Rigazzi (assistant director, The Public Theater's Hair), Marilynn Donini (representing St. Ann’s Warehouse's Black Watch), Donna Lynne Champlin (actor, Bury the Dead), Joe Calarco (director, Bury the Dead). Panel moderated by Adam R. Perlman, TG literary manager.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 7 PM
OPENING NIGHT GALA: Post-show reception with the cast and creative team for Bury the Dead. $95 per person includes a donation to Transport Group. For tickets and info:

Monday, Nov. 10, 8 PM
TALKBACK - Special guests Dominick Dunne (Vanity Fair) and Michael Shnayerson (Vanity Fair, Irwin Shaw biographer) share their personal experiences of World War II and Irwin Shaw. Jack Cummings III (TG artistic director) will conduct a live interview.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 8 PM
"TG<30 night": "spread the love" party following this evening's performance for all Bury the Dead ticket holders under 30. Party includes open bar and live music by Ben Roseberry.

Monday, Nov. 17, 8 PM
TALKBACK - Bury the Dead artists led by director Joe Calarco share their process for creating and preparing for the production.

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