Blessing's Heaven's My Destination Makes World Premiere in Cleveland April 24

News   Blessing's Heaven's My Destination Makes World Premiere in Cleveland April 24 The world premiere of Lee Blessing's stage adaptation of the Thornton Wilder novel Heaven's My Destination begins performances at the Cleveland Play House April 24.

Under the direction of Play House artistic director Michael Bloom, Heaven's My Destination stars Michael Halling (A Tale of Two Cities, In My Life, The Pajama Game) as religious convert George Brush. The production officially opens April 29 and runs through May 17.

The cast also features Katie Barrett (In This Corner), Kailey Bell (Trip to Bountiful), Diane Dorsey (August: Osage County), Christian Kohn (Hollywood Arms), Courtney Anne Nelson (Solomon's Blade), Justin Tatum (A Little Night Music) and John Woodson (Medea).

Heaven's My Destination follows Brush (Halling), who is "a fervent religious convert determined to lead 'a good life.' A startlingly relevant tale of religion and tolerance with poignant and sometimes hilarious consequences, George's travels take him through smoking cars, bawdy houses, banks and campgrounds from Texas to Illinois — and into the soul of America," according to Play House notes.

Designing the production are Russell Parkman (scenic design), David Kay Mickelsen (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), James C. Swonger (sound design) and Josh Schmidt (composer).

Wilder is the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who penned such works as Our Town, The Matchmaker and The Skin of Our Teeth. Blessing, a Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee, has written the plays Eleemosynary, A Walk in the Woods and Cobb. For tickets and more information, visit clevelandplayhouse.com or phone (216) 795-7000.