Ned Eisenberg Leads New Actor-Musician Twist on Oliver at A.R.T. Feb. 17

News   Ned Eisenberg Leads New Actor-Musician Twist on Oliver at A.R.T. Feb. 17
 
Stage and screen actor Ned Eisenberg stars in the American premiere of Neil Bartlett's adaptation of Oliver Twist, which begins performances Feb. 17 at Massachusetts' American Repertory Theatre.

Bartlett (A.R.T.'s Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs the work that will officially open Feb. 21 at the Cambridge company's Loeb Drama Center for a run through March 24.

"Set in a Victorian music-hall context and featuring music by Gerard McBurney," the work that is notedly "not a musical," will have "members of the acting company playing instruments and singing," according to a release. "Taking its cue from the foot-lit world of the music hall, the cast of thirteen conjures up . . . Dickens's original words to bring the dark underbelly of 19th century London back to thrilling life as seen through the eyes of an astonished child."

Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, Bartlett re-creates his acclaimed London production with an American company of actors. The U.S. debut is presented in association with New York's Theatre for a New Audience and California's Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

The show runs next in New York for TFANA at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (March 29-April 15) and finally at Berkeley Rep (May 11-June 24).

Eisenberg plays Fagin in Oliver Twist with a cast that includes Remo Airaldi, Steven Boyer, Greg Derelian, Thomas Derrah, Carson Elrod, Jennifer Ikeda, Elizabeth Jasicki, Will LeBow, Karen MacDonald, Craig Pattison, Lucas Steele and Michael Wartella. Recently seen on Broadway in Awake and Sing, Eisenberg previously hit the stage for TFANA in The Green Bird and Titus Andronicus. The actor has been seen in the films "World Trade Center," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Million Dollar Baby" and on television in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and in the pilot for the upcoming series "The Black Donnellys."

The design team features Rae Smith (sets and costumes), Scott Zielinski (lighting) and David Remedios (sound).

Tickets to Oliver Twist at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge's Harvard Square, are available by calling the A.R.T. InfoLine at (617) 547-8300 or by visiting the website at amrep.org.

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