Running Oct.19-Nov. 2 at White Oak in Yulee, FL, the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at White Oak focuses on support for innovative musical theatre as well as ensemble-generated work. In addition to Saint-Ex, White Oak will also host London's experimental troupe Punchdrunk, which will present its own version of Woyzeck.
Featuring a score by Giering (The Mistress Cycle, The Hotel Cater), Saint-Ex has book and lyrics by Sean Barry. Matt Castle will musical direct.
Kent Nicholson will direct a cast that includes Ron Bohmer (Phantom of the Opera), Matt Farnsworth (Curtains), Nicholas Galbraith (Grey Gardens, Theater Works), Julia Murney (Wicked), James Sasser (Chicago), Elisa Van Duyne (110 in the Shade), Price Waldman (The Little Mermaid), Sally Wilfert (Assassins) and Michael Winther (Songs from an Unmade Bed).
Saint-Ex, according to Sundance notes, "is a musical journey through the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French author and aviator perhaps best known throughout the world as the author of the enduring children's classic, 'The Little Prince.' Saint-Ex is a magical and evocative exploration of Saint-Exupéry's adventures and romances; of his tempestuous marriage to Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry, his Salvadorean wife, and his delight in the brotherhood of the Aéropostale; of the fierce intellect and profound sensitivity of a soul who gave his life fighting for his home and beliefs."
Punchdrunk's Woyzeck will feature performers Adam Burton, Robert McNeill, Fernanda Prata and Vinicius Saller. Maxine Doyle and Felix Barrett co-direct the production that has sound design by Stephen Dobbie and original musicl by Heather Fenoughty. Philip Himberg serves as the artistic director for White Oak. On the 2008 artistic support team are Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens), opera and theatre director Stephen Wadsworth and Sundance associate artist Janice Paran as dramaturg.