Tom Dugan's WIESENTHAL to Begin Performances 10/24 at Theatre Row
Tony Award winner Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, The Normal Heart) and Karyl Lynn Burns (The Best is Yet to Come) present the New York premiere of Wiesenthal, the award-winning play written by and starring Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan. Wiesenthal launches a limited 14-week engagement, from October 24 through February 1, at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, (410 W. 42nd Street). Opening night is November 5.
Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal. Sometimes referred to as "the Jewish James Bond," Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler's S.S., lost 89 family members, and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan's play introduces us to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna.
"I am thrilled to make my New York debut with Wiesenthal," says Dugan. "My father was a WWII veteran who received The Bronze Battle Star and The Purple Heart. He liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945. Although I was raised Irish Catholic, I later married a Jewish woman, and now we are raising our two boys in the Jewish faith, so Simon Wiesenthal's message of tolerance has a deep resonance for me considering my father's place in Jewish history and my future in the Jewish community. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a true and universal 20th Century hero as he not only fought for the rights of Jewish Holocaust victims, but Soviet, Polish, Gypsy, Jehovah's Witness and homosexual victims as well."
"Plays that engage, enlighten, and entertain audiences have always been part of my mission," says producer Daryl Roth. "Wiesenthal's story is a very significant part of our history, and I am honored to be sharing it this season."
Wiesenthal launches a limited 14-week engagement, from October 24 through February 1, at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, (410 W. 42nd Street). Opening night is November 5. Performances are Tuesdays and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $69 and are available at Telecharge.com, 212-239-6200. For $49 Group Tickets (10+), or $36 Student Groups (10+: 25 and under), contact Carol Ostrow at (212) 265-8500. Visit www.WiesenthalThePlay.com for additional information.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
TOM DUGAN (Simon Wiesenthal/Playwright) received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award and three Ovation nominations for his portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal. Mr. Dugan's Los Angeles and regional theatre credits include Amadeus, Misery, The Man Who Came To Dinner, and On Golden Pond (starring Jack Klugman). His TV and Film credits include "Friends," "Bones," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Kindergarten Cop, Dave, The Naked Gun, and his personal favorite Leprechaun III. He is also an accomplished playwright whose critically acclaimed one-man play Oscar to Oscar, Robert E. Lee - Shades of Gray, The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass - In the Shadow of Slavery (starring Broadway's Mel Johnson, Jr.) have been produced in over three dozen cities across the United States and Canada.
JENNY SULLIVAN (Director). Laguna Playhouse: Steel Magnolias. Rubicon Theatre: Moon for the Misbegotten (Indy Award);Our Town; The Mystery of Irma Vep (5 Ovation Nominations, including Best Direction-2012); Steel Magnolias (Indy Award); Nazi Hunter-Simon Wiesenthal; Tea at Five with Stephanie Zimbalist; Doubt; Trying; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Indy Award) with Joe Spano and Karyl Lynn Burns; Spit Like A Big Girl; You Can't Take It With You; One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; Hamlet (Indy Award) with Joseph Fuqua; Tuesdays with Morrie with Harold Gould; Defying Gravity; Happy Days; Art; Dancing at Lughnasa (Indy Award); The Rainmaker; Little Foxes; Love Letters with Jack Lemmon and Felicia Farr; Old Wicked Songs with Harold Gould. Manitoba Theatre Centre: The Dresser with Len Cariou and Granville Van Dusen; Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara: Good People (Indy Award); The Year of Magical Thinking with Linda Purl; The Lion in Winter (Indy Award); The Mystery of Irma Vep; Tea At Five; The Clean House (Indy Award); Dublin Carol and The Memory of Water. Some other theaters: World premiere of Food Confessions for Lobero Theatre of SB; Nazi Hunter-Simon Wiesenthal for Theatre 40 (2011 Ovation Nomination for Best Direction); The Elephant Man for San Jose Rep; West Coast premiere of Jane Martin's Flags; Death of a Salesman with Stuart Margolin at AUM; The Falcon Theatre: The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln with Granville Van Dusen and Tea at Five with Stephanie Zimbalist; Bicoastal Woman for Pasadena Playhouse and numerous radio plays for L.A. Theatre Works. Jenny was director of the Geffen Playhouse production of Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore and the long running Los Angeles Canon Theatre production of The Vagina Monologues; Her world premiere of Jane Anderson's The Baby Dance began at Pasadena Playhouse and then moved to Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre (CT Critics' Directing Award) and the Lucille Lortel Theatre Off-Broadway. Six seasons at Williamstown: MACS (A Macaroni Requiem), Defying Gravity, Hotel Oubliette, Dirt and The Ferry Back. Film credits: Access All Areas and The Next Best Thing (in which she had the good fortune to direct her father Barry). Jenny is most proud of the world premiere of her play J for J with Jeff Kober and the late great John Ritter.
DARYL ROTH (Producer) is honored to hold the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony Award); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony Award); Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; and Wit. The proud recipient of eight Tony Awards, her over 80 award winning productions both on and off Broadway include: A Time To Kill; Bea Arthur on Broadway; Buyer and Cellar; Caroline, or Change; A Catered Affair; Closer Than Ever; Curtains; De La Guarda; The Divine Sister; Driving Miss Daisy; Fela!; The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2002 Tony Award); Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award); A Little Night Music; Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Mary Stuart; Medea; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award); Old Wicked Songs; One Man, Two Guvnors; A Raisin in the Sun (2014 Tony Award); Salome; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; The Temperamentals; Through The Night; Thurgood; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; War Horse (2011 Tony Award); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; and The Year of Magical Thinking. Film credits include Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close, directed by Rodrigo Garcia; the Emmy-nominated HBO feature, Dinner with Friends, based on Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play; The Lady in Question, a documentary based on the career of Charles Busch; A Very Serious Person written by Charles Busch, starring Polly Bergen; Don't Ask, Don't Tellstarring Marc Wolf; and My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story a documentary exploring the relationships of well known New Yorkers and their dogs. Dedicated to nurturing and supporting theatre artists, The Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award is given annually to a theatre artist who has demonstrated exceptional talent and promise in his or her field. Recent honors include: The 2013 Einstein Humanitarian Award from The Women's Division and Albert Einstein College of Medicine; The Broadway Association Visionary Leader Award; Stella Adler Spirit Award; Family Equality Council Hostetter-Habib Family Award; Live Out Loud Humanitarian Award; PFLAG "Stay Close" Family Leadership Award; and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Roth was twice included in Crain's "100 Most Influential Women in Business." Ms. Roth is supportive of many Jewish causes and particularly proud of The Roth Center for Jewish Life at Dartmouth College created by Daryl and Steven Roth and family. www.DarylRothProductions.com.
KARYL LYNN BURNS (Producer)founded Rubicon Theatre Companywith husband James O'Neil and has been Producing Artistic Director for the company for 16 years. Last summer she accepted the New York Drama Desk Award for the Off-Broadway run of Rubicon's production of The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman (directed by David Zippel with a cast including David Burnham, Howard McGillin, Sally Mayes, Billy Stritch, Rachel York and Lillias White). Under her direction, Rubicon has also received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Margaret Harford Special Award for Sustained Excellence, and multiple Ovation, NAACP and Indy Awards. Karyl Lynn has overseen morethan 100 productions for the company,including more than 20 World Premieres. Favorites include Daddy Long Legs by John Caird and Paul Gordon, which has toured 15 U.S. Cities and played internationally in Japan, Great Britainand Canada (with productions scheduled in Korea and Italy); Cheri Steinkellner's Hello! My Baby (at Rubicon and the Lobero), Lonesome Traveler (at Rubicon, Laguna Playhouse and opening in New York at 59E59 on March 17, 2015); It's Only Life by John Bucchino (directed by Daisy Prince), and Conviction by Carey Crim, directed by Scott Schwartz (a co-production with Bay Street Theatre). Karyl Lynn also produced the WestCoast BeckettFest, which brought artistsfrom five countries to Ventura in a month-longcelebration just prior to the BeckettCentennial. For over a decade prior tofounding Rubicon, Karyl Lynn was CEO ofState of the Arts, an arts managementand marketing firm. Clients includedVentura Chamber Music Festival, New West Symphony, Ensemble Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest, Theatre League, Dale Wasserman and Normand Kurtz. Karyl Lynn worked with students from Oak Meadow School who received the United Nations "Global 500" Award for their work on environmental issues. For The Dream Foundation, she produced a PSA directed by Mimi Leder and starring Jeff Bridges.