Piazza Creators Venture Deep into Singing Forest at Long Wharf; Opens Jan. 12

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Playwright Craig Lucas and director Bartlett Sher — who recently teamed on The Light in the Piazza — join forces anew for the Long Wharf Theatre presentation of Singing Forest starring Kristine Nielsen and Robin Bartlett.
Kristine Nielsen in Singing Forest
Kristine Nielsen in Singing Forest Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Seattle's Intiman Theatre artistic director Sher directs the new work which debuted at his home stage in July 2004. The New Haven production which began Jan. 5 opens Jan. 12 for a run through Feb. 6.

Singing Forest interweaves the tales of three generations of one family, from New York in 2000 to post-World War II Paris to Vienna in the 1930s. The three-act drama was originally commissioned by Seattle’s ACT Theatre (under Gordon Edelstein) and developed with Trinity Repertory Company.

The cast of Singing Forest — many of whom play multiple roles — features Nielsen (Betty's Summer Vacation) and Bartlett (Yentl, Reckless, Everett Beekin) with Mark H. Dold (The Seagull - NYSF), Kristin Flanders (Singing Forest - Intiman Theatre), Ben Hammer (The Great Sebastians, Golda), Roderick Hill (Cymbeline - Theatre For A New Audience), Hamish Linklater (Recent Tragic Events), Henry Stram (Titanic, The Crucible) and John Vickery (The Lion King, The Real Thing).

Nielsen was seen in the Off-Broadway staging of Omnium Gatherum as well as Broadway's The Green Bird, Jackie: An American Life and The Iceman Cometh. Other credits include Off Broadway's Pericles (Theatre For A New Audience), The Underpants (Classic Stage Company), Wonder of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club) and her Obie Award-winning turn in Betty's Summer Vacation.

The creative team for Singing Forest features John McDermott (scenic), Elizabeth Caitlin Ward (costume), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting) and Peter John Still (sound). Lucas, who won the 2004 OBIE Award for Best American Play for Small Tragedy, has also penned the plays Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Stranger, This Thing of Darkness and The Dying Gaul — which he recently adapted and directed for the big screen starring Campbell Scott, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard. Singing Forest will reteam the scribe with director Sher — they worked together on the Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza.

Tickets to Singing Forest at the Long Wharf Theatre’s C. Newton Schenck Mainstage, 222 Sargent Drive in New Have, CT, can be purchased by calling (203) 787-4282 or toll-free at (800) 782-8497. For more information, visit Long Wharf online at www.LongWharf.org.

Roderick Hill (left) and John Vickery in <i>Singing Forest</i>
Roderick Hill (left) and John Vickery in Singing Forest Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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