Inspired by the architecture of the West End Theatre, The Dome was conceived by Prospect Theater producing artistic director Cara Reichel. Three directors were enlisted to stage the work that comprises three interwoven stories.
May Adrales directs Rinne Groff and Marisa Michelson's tale about a contemporary New York couple expecting the birth of their first child. David Miller stages his story about two clowns who "decipher cryptic messages from the unknown and make a surprising discovery in the theater's dome." And, Stefanie Sertich directs Laura Marks' segment about Voltaire and his lover Emilie du Chatelet, who argue about ideas of God and enlightenment.
The stories are connected through a series of monologues, music and found text created by Deborah Abramson, Michael Cooper, Hyeyoung Kim, Jason Grote, Marisa Michelson, Norman Lasca and Jonathan Portera.
The ensemble cast of The Dome features Travis Allen, Dorothy Abrahams, Dino Antoniou, Sarah Bowles, Kelechi Ezie, John Gardner, Kathryn Holtkamp, Jesse Kearney, Whitney Lee, Britt Lower, Danijela Popovic, Sarah Statler, Kyle Williams and Andrew Zimmerman.
Performances continue through March 1. The Dome has musical direction by Remy Kurs, set design by Meredith Ries, costume design by Emily DeAngelis, lighting design by Evan Purcell, sound design by Ryan Maeker and video design by Richard Dibella.
Tickets, priced $27-$37, are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting ProspectTheater.
The West End Theatre is located within the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew at 263 West 86th Street in Manhattan.