Off-Broadway Cast Announced for New Twist on Oliver

News   Off-Broadway Cast Announced for New Twist on Oliver Stage and screen actor Ned Eisenberg will star in the upcoming American premiere of Neil Bartlett's adaptation of Oliver Twist to play in New York, Massachusetts and California.

Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, Bartlett has adapted and will direct the work, re-creating his acclaimed London production with an American company of actors. Produced by Theatre for a New Audience, the U.S. debut is presented in association with Cambridge, MA's American Repertory Theatre and Berkeley, CA's Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

The show runs at A.R.T. (Feb. 17-March 24) then 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). Oliver Twist officially opens in NYC April 1.

"Set in a Victorian music-hall context and featuring music by Gerard McBurney," the work which 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."

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 John Jay College's Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 899 Tenth Ave., are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit tfana.org.

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