The wind machines creating the effect of the stormy moors in the Paper Mill Playhouse's popular Wuthering Heights will be shut down April 3, when the run of the grandly-designed Emily Bronte romance ends.
The tempestuous passion between two of literature's greatest lovers -- Cathy and Heathcliff -- was first aroused Feb. 24 in previews at Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, NJ. It opened March 7.
Paper Mill artistic director Robert Johanson penned the adaptation and directs the mysterious, romantic yarn about tormented love and class on the 19th-century English moors. Johanson previously adapted the novels, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities to audience acclaim at the New Jersey nonprofit.
The company includes Libby Christopherson as Catherine, Mark H. Dold as Edgar Linton, David Ledingham as Heathcliff, Jodie Lynne McClintock as Nelly, Elizabeth Roby as Isabella Linton and Christopher Wynkoop as Joseph.
The ensemble includes Ezra Barnes, Jeb Brown, Rebecca Cress, Eric Englund, Ricky Franco, Ruth Moore, Noah Peyser, Greg Pollock, Jennifer Reynolds, Zal Owen Spialter, Chris Stafford, Chad L. Sweet, Amy Tribbey and David Weynand. The massive, looming country-estate scenic design is by Michael Anania, costumes are by Gregg Barnes, lighting is by Jack Mehler and sound by Craig Cassidy.
Director Johanson recently performed in Up Up and Away, a revue of Jimmy Webb songs, at Paper Mill, and staged, among many other shows there, the 1998 revival of Follies, which spawned a two-disc cast album on the TVT label.
Tickets are $25-$55 ($10 for students prior to curtain). Call (973) 376 4343.
The Paper Mill website is www.papermill.org.
-- By Kenneth Jones