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Woodard flies to B’way in ‘Crow’

Emmy-winning thesp to join Mackie in MTC offering

NEW YORK — Alfre Woodard will make her Broadway debut this season in the new play “Drowning Crow.”

Regina Taylor’s adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” opens Feb. 19 and follows Richard Greenberg’s “The Violet Hour” into the Manhattan Theater Club’s newly renovated Biltmore Theater. Marion McClinton directs.

An Emmy winner for “L.A. Law,” “Hill Street Blues” and the telepic “Miss Evers’ Boys,” Woodard joins the previously announced Anthony Mackie, last seen on Broadway in last season’s production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” They play mother and son, Josephine and Constantine (aka C-Trip), in Taylor’s modern-day update of the Chekhov classic about a family of artists who, in this version, gather on the Gullah Islands off South Carolina.MTC is gambling on new plays in its first Broadway season, with “The Violet Hour” and “Drowning Crows” comprising almost one-third of the new dramas currently announced for 2003-04.

The two MTC offerings tend to be a bit more actor-heavy, with a Robert Sean Leonard-headed cast of five for “The Violet Hour” and a humongous 13 for “Drowning Crow.”