Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) will return to BAM Fisher with a two-week run of Eve Wolf's The Dreyfus Affair, which will be presented April 27–May 7 at the Brooklyn venue.
Directed by Donald T. Sanders, this multi-media production illuminates the controversial story of the 1894 treason conviction of Captain Alfred Dreyfus that had a decades-long reverberation in the political landscape of France and the rest of the world.
The cast will be headed by Tony nominee Max von Essen (An American in Paris) in the title role of Alfred Dreyfus and Mark Evans (Irish Rep's Finian's Rainbow) as his devoted brother, Mathieu Dreyfus. The two actors will be joined by Mark Andrew Coffin (Commandant Hubert-Joseph Henry), Dee Pelletier (Madame Bastian), Meghan Picerno (Lucie Dreyfus), Daniel Rowan (Maximilien von Schwartzkoppen), Mark Light-Orr (Count Marie Charles Ferdinand Wallin-Esterhazy), and Richard Waddingham (Lieutenant-Colonel Mercer Paty de Clam).
“The Dreyfus Affair is a symbol of injustice,” said playwright Wolf, founder and executive director of ERC, in a statement. “It spectacularly exposed the virulent right-wing forces in French society — forces that can be traced down to our own day, and not only in France. Yet the heart of this story is not the injustice itself, but the moving fact that people of character and fortitude — Émile Zola, Georges Piquart, and the Dreyfus family — risked their lives, careers, and fortunes to get to the truth. They never gave up or gave in, and this is perpetually relevant.”
Through live chamber music, The Dreyfus Affair captures the human and sociopolitical drama of this turbulent period. Musicians include Grace Park (violin), Daniel Cho (violin), Chieh-Fan Yiu (viola), Nico Olarte-Hayes (cello), Jake Chabot (flute & piccolo), Parker Ramsey (organ And harpsichord), and Max Barros (piano).
The production will also have sets and costumes by Vanessa James, lighting design by Beverly Emmons, and projection design by David Bengali. Casting is by Stephanie Klapper Casting.
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) is located at 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY. For tickets call (718) 636-4100 or visit BAM.org.