Bullet for Adolf: written by Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson's and Frankie Hyman's comedy Bullet for Adolf, directed by Woody Harrelson, will receive its American premiere when it opens at New World Stages / Stage 4 on 8 Aug 2012, following previews from 19 Jul 2012, and closing on 9 Sep 2012.
Bullet for Adolf: During the summer of 1983, in the sweltering heat of Houston, an unlikely friendship is formed when a couple of mid-western rubes with uncertain futures meet up with a slick New Yorker on the run from his past. The disappearance of a WWII artifact sets off a chain of events that proves that nothing changes the present like a blast from the past. The characters in this new comedy by real-life friends Woody Harrelson and Frankie Hyman are based on real people, though the events depicted are fiction and the names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.
"Frankie and I worked construction together in Houston in the summer of 1983," Harrelson explained. "The people we got to know that summer had a profound effect on us and we knew we had to write a play about them. The only problem was our real lives didn't have much of a plot, so we started embellishing. Now it's about seven-percent history and ninety-three-percent embroidery."
Bullet for Adolf received its world premiere last spring at the Hart House Theatre in Toronto, Canada.
The cast includes: Marsha Stephanie Blake (Shareeta), Raul Casso (Dago Czech), Brandon Coffey (Zach), David Coomber (Clint), Shamika Cotton (Jackie), Shannon Garland (Batina), Chris Myers (Frankie) and Nick Wyman (Jurgen).
The creative team includes Dane Laffrey (sets), Kristy Leigh Hall (costumes), Jen Schriever (lights), Brett Jarvis (sound), and Imaginary Media (projections).
Bullet for Adolf is being presented by Children at Play.
Woody Harrelson (Playwright/Director) has starred in the Roundabout's Broadway revival of 'The Rainmaker,' Sam Shepherd's 'The Late Henry Moss,' Tennessee Williams' 'Night of the Iguana' and John Kolvenbach's 'On An Average Day.' He directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's 'This Is Our Youth' and most recently directed the debut staging of 'Bullet for Adolf' at Hart House Theatre in Toronto, a play he co-wrote with Frankie Hyman. Harrelson received Academy Award nominations for "The Messenger" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt." Upcoming films include Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths," "Now You See Me" for director Louis Leterrier and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace." Other film highlights are "The Hunger Games," 2Game Change,2 "Rampart," "Zombieland," "No Country for Old Men," "Defendor," "Transsiberian," "Kingpin," "Natural Born Killers," "Indecent Proposal," and "White Men Can't Jump." Harrelson's television credits include his Emmy Award winning performance on "Cheers" and guest appearances on "Frasier" and "Will and Grace."
Frankie Hyman (Playwright) was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He left New York briefly in the early 1980's to work construction in Houston, Texas where he met and became friends with Woody Harrelson. After returning to New York, Hyman found a new interest in writing. It wasn't until the early 1990's that he again connected with Harrelson. Soon after, Hyman moved to Los Angeles where he has been pursuing a career in writing. Hyman and Harrelson debuted their play Bullet for Adolf in May 2011 at Hart House theatre in Toronto.
Marsha Stephanie Blake (Shareeta) Broadway: 'The Merchant of Venice' (with Al Pacino), 'Joe Turner's Come and Gone' and 'The Crucible.' Off-Broadway: 'Hurt Village' and 'Queens Boulevard' (Signature Theatre), 'This Beautiful City' (Sundance Lab, Vineyard), 'Speak Truth to Power' with director Terry Kinney. Film: Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (upcoming), "The Architect." TV: "Gifted Man", "Big C", "6 Degrees", "Law and Order".
Raul Casso (Dago Czech) is making his Off-Broadway debut. He has appeared in such television shows as "Blue Bloods" and "Golden Boy" for CBS.
Brandon Coffey (Zach) is making his Off-Broadway debut.
David Coomber (Clint) is reprising the role of 'Clint,' for which he won the 2011 BirdLand Theatre Young Actor Award in Toronto. Credits include 'Mark' in 'Rent' (Fallen Rock Prod.) and 'Ken' in the Canadian Premiere of the Broadway/London hit 'Red.'
Shamika Cotton (Jackie) Off-Broadway: 'Ain't Supposed to Die...' (CTH - Drama Desk Nomination); 'Medea' (CTH). Regional: 'Broke-ology' (KC Repertory Theatre); 'Harriet Jacobs' (KC Repertory Theatre); 'Missives' (N.Y. Premier at 59E59); P.Seth Bauer's 'Iphigenia' (Originating Cast). TV/Film: "Law & Order: Original & CI"; "The Wire", "Pariah," "Stream" and the upcoming feature "Downeast."
Shannon Garland (Batina) is making her Off-Broadway debut. Her most recent credits include "Nuala Rohan" on "Boardwalk Empire", "Officer Legrange" on "Law and Order: SVU" and 'Bridget' (Miss Margaret La Rue in Milwaukee) at the Boston Playwrights Theatre.
Chris Myers (Frankie) credits include 'The Golden Dragon' [U.S. Premiere] (The Studio Theater), '10x25' (Atlantic Theater Stage II), and' Youth Ink Festival' (McCarter Theater).
Nick Wyman (Jurgen): Fifteen Broadway shows, including 'Phantom,' 'Les Miz,' most recently' Catch Me If You Can' -- plus upcoming 'Rebecca.' Twelve films, including "Die Hard With a Vengeance," and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." He is the President of Actors' Equity Association.
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