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James McCaffrey, Tony Award Winner Karen Ziemba Cast in Walter Anderson's Vietnam-Era Play 'Almost Home'

By Jon Sobel j.sobel@classicalite.com on Aug 22, 2014 04:23 PM EDT

Comporting with the year's ongoing trend of plays with war themes, Walter Anderson's Almost Home, about a Vietnam veteran, begins previews September 12 Off-Broadway at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre. The cast includes Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains, Steel Pier) and actor James McCaffrey, best known as the deceased Jimmy Keefe in TV's "Rescue Me."

Also featured in the Directors Company world premiere are Joe Lisi (Take Me Out on Broadway, "The Sopranos"), Johnny Orsini (The Nance opposite Nathan Lane, Hamlet with Ethan Hawke) and Brenda Pressley (The Lyons, Cats, Dreamgirls).

Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director of The Directors Company, helms the drama about a young Marine who returns to his troubled family in the 1960s only to find himself, according to press notes, "caught between his parents' dreams for his future and a police captain with plans of his own. Walter Anderson’s compelling new drama about the wars fought at home asks: whose dreams must be sacrificed to protect the ones we love?"

Playwright Walter Anderson is a former Marine sergeant and Vietnam veteran who went on to become Chairman, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of PARADE Magazine. Author of five books, he filmed a series of discussions with prominent Americans called "It's About Time," now permanently available at the Library of Congress.

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