Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater Pen Song for Mrs. Jones and the Man from Dixieland

PlayBlog   Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater Pen Song for Mrs. Jones and the Man from Dixieland
Mrs. Jones and the Man from Dixieland by Tony Award winner Steven Sater officially opens June 9 as part of the Ensemble Studio Theatre's 33rd annual marathon of one-act plays.

The 20-minute play, which predates Spring Awakening, is part of an original commission for Theater Breaking Through Barriers (then known as Theater by the Blind), for which Sater penned a full-evening of intertwining scenes titled Spiritual Hospital.

Sater revisited the central scenes, which incorporate the character Mrs. Jones, and enlisted his Tony-winning Spring Awakening collaborator Duncan Sheik to work on a song for the piece.

Titled "When They Are Your Children," the new song is a lullaby for the mother, which is rooted in the world of spirituals and gospels. Sater explains that the work centers on the themes of "resistance, temptation and acceptance. It's set in the Reconstruction South, which gives it a sort of mythic setting."

According to EST, "A blind sharecropper's daughter is rocking her infant when a young man in a blue serge suit comes calling with a carpet." Uzo Aduba (Prometheus Bound) and Stanton Nash (Take Flight) star under the direction of José Zayas.

Sater also said that his work on Mrs. Jones and the Man from Dixieland has relit the fire to re-explore Spiritual Hospital for future development, with the addition of more musical material from Sheik.

Performances run through June 25. Visit EST for more info.

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