Adapted by Tony Phelan and Kira Snyder from a West African folktale featuring the funny and clever spider Anansi, 10:30 AM performances will continue through Dec. 2.
The cast features Sofia Duran as Anansi, Seth McNeill as Sky God, Shannon Cabbell, Margen Soliman and Taylor Walsh. A talkback with the cast will follow each performance.
Anansi the Spider, according to press notes, "tells the story of Anansi's quest to win back all of the world's stories, which have been stolen by the Sky God. To accomplish this, Anansi must bring to him the tooth of a leopard, the stinger of a hornet, and the wings of a fairy. Impossible tasks for anyone—except Anansi!"
The play, which was last presented by the Circle in the Square Theatre School in 2009, opens CITSTS' 3-Plays for Grades K-6 series. It will be followed by Cinderella (Jan. 30-Feb. 3; Feb. 6-10); and a new musical version of Aesop's Fables, which features a book by Michael Milligan and music and lyrics by Joziah Longo (March 5-9).
Circle in the Square Theatre School (CITSTS), established in 1963, is the only conservatory affiliated with a Broadway theatre. Theodore Mann (a co-founder of Circle in the Square Theatre) is artistic director, Paul Libin is president and E. Colin O’Leary is executive director. Among the school's alumni are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Benicio Del Toro, Felicity Huffman and Molly Shannon, among others. The Circle in the Square Theatre, current home of the Broadway revival of Godspell, is located at 50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. For more information and to make a reservation, call (212) 307-0388 or visit www.circlesquare.org.