Previews begin September 12
Opening September 18, 2014
Limited Engagement through October 12, 2014
At the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row
The Directors Company will present the world premiere of Walter Anderson’s debut play ALMOST HOME, beginning preview performances at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) on Friday, September 12, 2014. Directed by Callaway Award nominee Michael Parva, ALMOST HOME will open Thursday, September 18 for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 12, 2014. Tickets are currently on sale at Telecharge.com. Casting will be announced shortly.
In the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents’ dreams for his future and a corrupt police captain with plans of his own. Walter Anderson’s compelling new drama about the wars fought at home asks: when long-held secrets test a family’s strength, whose dreams must be sacrificed to protect the ones we love?
Walter Anderson makes his playwriting debut with ALMOST HOME, having previously written five books and worked extensively as a literacy advocate. A former Marine sergeant and Vietnam veteran, Anderson went on to publish PARADE Magazine for over 30 years, serving as both Chairman-CEO and Editor-in-Chief. Artistic/Producing Director of The Directors Company Michael Parva has shepherded over 50 new works, including moving Irena’s Vowfroman extended Off-Broadway run to an Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated Broadway production.
Schedule & Ticketing:
ALMOST HOME will play Tuesday – Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Tickets are $46.25-$61.25 (including a $1.25 facility fee) and are available at Telecharge.com, by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, or in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street) Monday – Saturday from Noon to 6pm and Sunday from Noon to 3pm.
WALTER ANDERSON (Playwright). During his 32-year tenure at Parade Publications, where he held the positions of Chairman and CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Walter Anderson transformed PARADE Magazine by bringing in acclaimed writers, instituting new columns with a high level of journalism, and increasing the circulation to the world’s highest. Prior to joining PARADE in 1977, he was an investigative reporter with Gannett Newspapers whose articles also appeared in New York Magazine and the Associated Press. Anderson made his theatrical debut in 1992 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC with an original storytelling program to benefit several literacy campaigns. He was appointed to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science by President Clinton in 1995. A former Marine sergeant and Vietnam veteran, he has taught at several colleges, including the University of the Pacific, Clemson University and the New School for Social Research in New York. Anderson has been awarded the Literacy Volunteers of America’s Stars in Literacy Award, the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement, the Tree of Life Award from The Jewish National Fund, the John H. Russell Leadership Award from the Marine Corps University Foundation, the Marine For Life Award, and the Horatio Alger Award, for which he was nominated by the late Norman Vincent Peale. He has written five books, including the bestsellers “Meant To Be,” a memoir, and “The Confidence Course.” “It’s About Time,” Anderson’s filmed series of discussions with prominent Americans, is permanently available at the Library of Congress. He is also co-founder of Novium Learning, an educational services company in Wellesley, Massachusetts.