Anne Kauffman (This Wide Night, Stunning) helms the premiere of the work based on the 1962 Shirley Jackson novel of the same title, which centers on two sisters who live an isolated life in a small New England town. We Have Always Lived in the Castle will officially open Sept. 23 and run through Oct. 9.
Composer Almond (On the Levee, Girlfriend) authored music and lyrics for the work, which has a book and lyrics by playwright Adam Bock (The Receptionist, The Drunken City).
The cast features Jen Gambatese (All Shook Up) and Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening) in the central roles of the Blackwood sisters. The cast also includes Joy Franz (The Glass Menagerie), Sean Palmer (The Little Mermaid), Richard Todd Adams (The Woman in White), Heather Ayers (A Little Night Music), Bill Buell (Equus), Carly Hughes (Ragtime), Beth McVey (Nine), Ryan Murphy, William Parry (Sunday in the Park With George) and Matt Pearson (The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island).
Here is how Yale Rep describes the musical: "Acquitted of a horrible crime six years ago, Constance Blackwood (Gambatese) lives with her devoted younger sister Merricat (Socha) and their uncle Julian (Buell) in what was once the home of the richest—and most envied—family in a small New England town. Constance tends to the house and garden while Merricat invents magical charms to protect the surviving Blackwoods from the townspeople’s prying eyes and vicious gossip. But talismans may not be powerful enough to keep the sisters together when their handsome cousin Charles (Palmer) comes to visit."
Dan Lipton serves as musical director with musical staging by Seán Curran. The design team includes David Zinn (scenic design), Ilona Somogyi (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design) and Tony Smolenski IV (sound design). Almond and Lipton co-wrote the orchestrations; Amy Boratko is dramaturg. Yale Rep tickets are available by visiting YaleRep, by calling (203) 432-1234 or by visiting the Yale Rep box office (1120 Chapel Street).