CRT artistic director Gary English stages the world premiere at the Nafe Katter Theatre on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus for a run through Oct. 16.
In Jonah's Dream, Gibson paints the story of the biblical tale of Jonah and the Whale. The work will be a "mix of theatrical styles from comedy, drama and Yiddish Theatre to vaudeville, musical theatre and puppetry," according to a release. The 91 year-old playwright will be in residence developing the script with CRT's English.
The production will feature a pit orchestra of six musicians playing an original score, composed specifically for the CRT world premiere by composers Scott Killian and Kim Sherman, under the musical direction of CRT musical director Ken Clark. Karen Azenberg provides choreography for the show.
Jonathan Epstein stars in the role of Jonah in a cast that also features Donald Sage Mackay (as Rabsaris), Brandy Zarle (Seraph), Ian Pfister (Sargon). The company is completed by students from University of Connecticut’s including Alysa Auriemma, Mallory Cunningham, Ashley DePascale, Rebecca Enright, Molly Gilmore, Michael Hanson, Jordan Jones, Timothy Joyce, Michael Morales, Christopher Rivard and Teddy Yudain.
The design team for Jonah's Dream features Joe Chapman (lighting), Brenda Winstead (costumes), Jared Schomer (scenic) and Ulysses Jones (puppets).
CRT audiences will also enjoy Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into The Woods (Dec. 1-9), the world premiere of Barbara and Carlton Molette's Prudence (Feb. 23-March 5, 2006) and William Shakespeare's As You Like It (April 20-28, 2006).
Tickets to Jonah's Dream at 820 Bolton Road in Storrs, CT, are available by calling (860) 486-4226. For more information, visit www.crt.uconn.edu.