English Romantic Poets Drink and Talk in Soho Rep's The Appeal, April 7-May 2

News   English Romantic Poets Drink and Talk in Soho Rep's The Appeal, April 7-May 2 The English Romantic poets have always been among the dramatic literary figures in history, so it should come as no surprise to their fans that they've become the subject of The Appeal, a new play by Young Jean Lee set to begin performances at Soho Rep on April 7.

Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Wordsworth's sister Dorothy are among the scribblers and dreamers who "get drunk, hang out, and commiserate in England and the Swiss Alps" in the world premiere, which takes "a historically inaccurate look" at the quartet. (Keats and Shelley, not to mention Shelley's wife, Mary, are nowhere to be found.) The cast features Michael Portnoy as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Pete Simpson as William Wordsworth, Maggie Hoffman as Dorothy Wordsworth and James Stanley as Lord Byron. The show has original music by experimental duo Matmos, set and lighting design by Eric Dyer, sound design by Yehuda Duenyas and costume design by Tara Webb. Official opening is April 9.

Lee has been seen as an actor in the National Theater of the United States of America's Off-Off-Broadway hit What's That on My Head!?! . She will direct her next play Pullman, Wa at P.S. 122 in March 2005.

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