Vladimir Versailles Joins Off-Broadway World Premiere of Dan Klores' The Wood

News   Vladimir Versailles Joins Off-Broadway World Premiere of Dan Klores' The Wood
Actor Vladimir Versailles has replaced Gregory Bastien in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater world-premiere staging of Dan Klores' The Wood, about late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike McAlary, which is scheduled to begin previews Off-Broadway Aug. 31.

Vladimir Versailles
Vladimir Versailles

Versailles, who is also set to appear Off-Broadway in Thomas Bradshaw's Burning for the New Group later this fall, steps into the role of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

As previously reported, David Bar Katz will direct the Off-Broadway engagement that will now officially open Sept. 9  (it was originally billed to open on Sept. 8). Performances are scheduled through Oct. 9.

John Viscardi (Madwoman of Chaillot, "The Sopranos") will portray the former Daily News and New York Post columnist who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his exposé of the New York police torture of Haitian immigrant Louima in 1997. McAlary died of cancer at the age of 41 in 1998.

According to playwright Klores, "Mike’s life was made for theatre. He was filled with energy, genius and courage. He was a tough and shrewd New Yorker with a b.s. barometer that clicked in from the get go."

The cast will also include Michael Carlsen (The Coast of Utopia) as Justin Volpe, Melanie Charles as Micheline Louima/Nurse, LAByrinth Theater co-founder David Deblinger (Our Lady of 121st Street) as Tommy, Kim Director ("Inside Man") as Alice McAlary, Thomas Kopache (Orpheus Descending, Our Town) as Kornberg/Editor/Cop/Garbus and Sidney Williams (Little Flower of East Orange) as Doctor/EMS Worker/Deputy Commissioner. The design team will include John McDermott (scenic design), Kalere A. Payton (costume design), Joel Moritz (lighting design), Janie Bullard (sound design), Steve Channon (projection design) and Nina Alexander (properties).

Klores' play Little Doc received its world premiere as part of Rattlestick's 2010 season. His films include "The Boys of 2nd Street Park," "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks," "Crazy Love" and "Black Magic."

Visit rattlestick.org. The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place (between West 11th and Perry St.).

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