Charles Mee's Glory of the World Opens Tonight

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The Glory of the World, by frequent collaborators Charles Mee and Les Waters, officially opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Jan. 21, following previews that began Jan. 16. The play sees 17 men in party hats gather to celebrate Kentucky-based mystic Thomas Merton in a myriad of unexpected ways.

"As the night devolves, each facet of Merton’s contested image—silent monk, poet, spiritual anarchist, social activist—inspires more speeches, slow dances, makeouts, fist fights, and silent reflections, amassing a layered portrait of what it means to be a human being, full of contradictions and brimming with life," state BAM production notes. 

The Actors Theatre of Louisville's production is presented by BAM and Knight Blanc, and plays through Feb. 6 Off-Broadway. 

The cast of <i>Glory of the World</i>
The cast of Glory of the World Photo by Bill Brymer

The staging reunites playwright Mee (Big Love) and director Waters, artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville – where the work debuted as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

The 17-member cast of The Glory of the World is made up of Eric Berryman, Ryan Bourque, Andrew Garman, Aaron Lynn, Bruce McKenzie, Barney O’Hanlon, Conrad Schott, David Ryan Smith, Cameron Benoit, Josh Bonzie, John Ford-Dunker, José Leon, Joe Lino, Max Monnig, Collin Morris, Brian Muldoon, Blake Russell and Lorenzo Villanueva.

The creative team includes fight director Bourque and movement director Barney O’Hanlon with scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Connie Furr Soloman, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Christian Frederickson, media design by Philip Allgeier and dramaturgy by Amy Wegener. The executive consultant is Jessica R. Jenen.

Performances take place at the BAM Harvey Theater, located at 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Visit BAM.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

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