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‘A Few Good Men’ opens Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 45th season

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Theater
Former Pittsburgh Steelers fullback and Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier will appear as Judge Randolph in select performances of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “A Few Good Men.”
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Theater
KDKA’s Larry Richert will appear as Judge Randolph in select performances of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “A Few Good Men.”

Pittsburgh Public Theater opens its 45th season with “A Few Good Men.”

Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by PPT artistic director Marya Sea Kaminski, the play opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 13 at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown Pittsburgh.

The cast includes professional actors as well as military veterans. Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier (who was in the documentary “The Return,” on the 50th anniversary of his being wounded in Vietnam) and KDKA’s Larry Richert each will appear as Judge Randolph at select performances, according to a news release.

“This play is an incredible opportunity to gather gifted professionals and citizen artists together to tell this story with grit, authenticity, and passion. We expect this to be an event that marks a great moment for us at Pittsburgh Public Theater — of robust imagination and collaboration,” Kaminski said in a statement.

The play is set in 1986 in Washington, D.C., and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. It tells the story of two young Marines — Harold Dawson (Ryan Patrick Kearney) and Louden Downey (Michael Patrick Trimm), accused of killing one of their fellow platoon members while serving at Guantanamo Bay. Assigned to defend them is hotshot lawyer Daniel A. Kaffee (Doug Harris). Lawyer JoAnne Galloway (Alison Weisgall) believes there are extenuating circumstances that need to be brought up at trial, even though that means going up against the commanding officer at Guantanamo Bay, Colonel Nathan Jessep (Burke Moses).

The play was Sorkin’s first Broadway hit. In 1992, it was adapted to film, starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.

On Sept. 29, the theater will host the Veteran’s Breakfast Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for brunch. The club includes servicemen and women from all branches of the military who get together to share stories as well as meals. Space is limited.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Thursdays (except Sept. 25), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays (except Oct. 13 when the final performance is at 2 p.m.).

Tickets start at $30.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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