Photo Flash: Inside Opening of Public Theater's THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) just opened the world premiere production of The Twenty-Seventh Man, by Nathan Englander, last night, November 18. Directed by Barry Edelstein, The Twenty-Seventh Man runs through Sunday, December 9 in The Public's Martinson Theater at its Astor Place home. Check out photos from the opening below!
The complete cast of The Twenty-Seventh Man 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).
Best-selling author Nathan Englander (What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank) adapts this warm and deeply moving new play from his acclaimed short story of the same name. In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin's secret police have rounded up twenty-six writers, the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia. As judgment looms, a twenty-seventh suddenly appears: Pinchas Pelovits, unpublished and unknown.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.