The work will open April 1 at the Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of Evan Yionoulis (The Violet Hour).
In this new adaptation, Gozzi's 18th century classic tale of magic and mayhem is reset in "an all-American setting the theme park of Serendippo Worldwide, Inc., a multi billion dollar entertainment conglomerate," according to a release. Filled with CEOs and stockholders, the corporate culture adaptation follows the tale of a man wishing to be certain of a woman's love and the exec who weilds his power and magic over him.
Broadway's B.J. Crosby (Smokey Joe's Café) is featured in a cast of stage vets and students that also includes Opal Alladin (Two Noble Kinsmen), Chad Callaghan, Bryan Terrell Clark, Matthew Cowles, Timothy Gulan (Some Like It Hot), Lisa Jolley (The Plank Project), David Matranga, Les J.N. Lau (The Joy Luck Club), Jim Noonan, Ryan Quinn, Jeremy Rabb (Julie Taymor's The King Stag), Daina Schatz, Jeanine Serralles (Hold Please), Alexander Kong Sfakianos, Bill Thompson and Mark Zeisler.
The King Stag features music and lyrics by Mike Yionoulis. The design team include Sergio Villegas (scenic), Camille Assaf (costume), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting) and Sabrina McGuigan (sound). Emmy Grinwis and Catherine Sheehy serve as dramaturgs.
For tickets to The King Stag at Yale Rep, 1120 Chapel Street in New Haven, CT, call (203) 432-1234 or visit online at www.yalerep.org.