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The Public's THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN Begins Performances 11/7

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) will begin previews for the world premiere production ofTHE TWENTHY-SEVENTH MANby Nathan Englander, on Wednesday, November 7. Directed by Barry EdelsteinTHE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN runs through Sunday, December 9 in The Public's Martinson Theater at its Astor Place home, with an official press opening on Sunday, November 18. Tickets are on sale now at(212), or in person at The Public Theater box office.

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 As judgment looms, a twenty-seventh suddenly appears: Pinchas Pelovits, unpublished and unknown.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.

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN features scenic design by Michael McGarty, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, and sound design by Darron L West.


Nathan Englander (Playwright) is the author of the short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as well as the internationally best-selling story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (all published by Knopf/Vintage). His short fiction and essays have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post, as well as The O. Henry Prize Stories, and numerous editions of The Best American Short Stories. Translated into more than a dozen languages, Englander was selected as one of "20 Writers for the 21st Century" by The New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He has been a fellow at the Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and at The American Academy of Berlin. He teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Hunter College, along with Peter Carey and Colum McCann, and, in the summer, he teaches a course for NYU's Writers in Paris program. This year, his translation of New American Haggadah (edited by Jonathan Safran Foer) will be published by Little Brown. He also co-translated Etgar Keret's Suddenly A Knock at the Door forthcoming in March from FSG.

Barry Edelstein (Director). For The Public, Edelstein has directed Timon of Athens, Julius CaesarThe Merchant of Venice, and WASP and Other Plays.  For The Public's Shakespeare Initiative, he has supervised  As You Like It, Love's Labor's Lost, Titus Andronicus, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice (also Broadway), HamletTwelfth Night, and Othello. He also directs the Shakespeare Lab and The Public's Shakespeare-related education and outreach programs. In addition, he served as dramaturg for three seasons of Joseph Papp's "Shakespeare Marathon," and as Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company from 1998 to 2003. He is the author of Thinking Shakespeare (2007) and Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions (2009). In October, he was appointed Artistic Director of The Old Globe in San Diego.

Happy Anderson (Guard) has appeared at The Public in The Merchant of Venice and on Broadway. His film and television credits include Duplicity; "Boardwalk Empire"; "Blue Bloods"; "White Collar"; "Eden"; "Army Wives"; and "Law & Order: SVU."

Byron Jennings (The Agent in Charge) has appeared in The Public's production of The Merchant of Venice at the Delacorte and on Broadway. His additional Public Theater credits include Stuff Happens, On The Open Road, and Pericles. His Broadway credits include Inherit the Wind; Noises Off; Is He Dead?; Macbeth; Accent on Youth; Heartbreak House; A Touch of the Poet; Twelve Angry Men; The Man Who Came To Dinner; A Month in the Country; Henry IV; Dinner At Eight; The Invention of Love; Carousel; and Sight Unseen.

Daniel Oreskes (Moishe Bretzky) has appeared at The Public in A Midsummer Night's DreamHenry VTroilus and Cressida, The Tragedy of Richard II, 'Tis Pity She's a WhoreOthello, and Henry IV Parts I and II. His Broadway credits include The Miracle Worker; Billy Elliot: The Musical; Cymbeline; Aida; Electra; The Song of Jacob Zulu; Crazy He Calls Me. His select Off-Broadway credits include Russian TransportA Perfect FutureJayson with a YTerrorism, and Roar. His film and television credits include The Devil's Advocate, The Thomas Crown Affair, "Rescue Me," and "The Sopranos."

Ron Rifkin (Yevgeny Zunser) has appeared in The Public's production of The Art of Dining. His Broadway credits include The Goodbye People, The Tenth Man, Broken Glass, A Month in the Country, the 1998 revival of Cabaret, and Wrong Mountain. His film and television credits include The Words, The Sum of all Fears, Dragonfly, The Majestic, Keeping the Faith, Flowers for Algernon, The Negotiator, I'm Not Rappaport, "Brothers & Sisters," "Alias," and "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill."

Noah Robbins (Pinchas Pelovits) has appeared on Broadway in the 2011 revival of Arcadia and the 2009 revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs. He has appeared regionally in Milk, Alex in Wonderland, Brothers of the Knight, Dancing in the Wings, and Pearl. His film credits include Newsworthy.

Chip Zien (Vasily Korinsky) recently appeared at The Public in Into the Woods. His Broadway credits include Into the Woods, The People in the Picture, The Country GirlLes Miserables, FalsettosGrand Hotel, The Boys From Syracuse, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, All Over Town, and The Suicide. His select Off-Broadway credits include In Trousers, March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland, Isn't It Romantic, A New Brain, Anonymous, An Imaginary Life, Splie, and Tuscaloosa's Calling Me. Zien's select film and television credits include the voice of the infamous Howard the Duck as well as The Siege; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead; United 93;Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle; Grace Quigley with Katherine Hepburn; "The Caroline Rhea Show"; "Almost Perfect"; "Now and Again"; "Deadline"; "Shell Game"; Love, Sidney"; and "Reggie."

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