Re-Envisioned Oklahoma! In the Round, Starring Mary Testa, Begins Today

News   Re-Envisioned Oklahoma! In the Round, Starring Mary Testa, Begins Today Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Oklahoma! receives a new staging from Bard SummerScape in the round, beginning June 25.

Mary Testa
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Directed by Daniel Fish, performances continue through July 19 at Fisher Center's LUMA Theater.

The cast features two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa (Xanadu, Queen of the Mist) as Aunt Eller, Damon Daunno ("The Following," Brief Encounter) as Curly, Amber Gray (An Octoroon) as Laurey, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry, Allison Strong (Bye Bye Birdie, Mamma Mia!) as Ado Annie and James Patrick Davis as Will.

Benj Mirman ("Sheeple," "Boy Meets Girl") plays Ali Hakim, Mitch Tebo plays Andrew Carnes and John Carlin plays Cord Elam.

Here's how the production is billed: "Revolutionizing the authentically homegrown art form of musical theatre, their first collaboration, Oklahoma!, is set in the Territory of Oklahoma during the years before statehood, and investigates America’s cultural identity through her frontier roots. Like Lynn Riggs’ Green Grow the Lilacs, the play on which it was based, Oklahoma! combines the sunny romance of farm girl Laurey Williams and cowboy Curly McClain with the darker story of a community rising up against a reviled outsider, Jud Fry."

"For me, Oklahoma! is about the relationship between the individual and the community: what people gain and what they sacrifice when they decide to form a community, whether the union of a married couple, a state, or a nation. It explores the need for that community to create an outsider and the cost of doing so," Fish said in a previous statement. The production is staged in a community hall and the songs are performed in new arrangements for a six-piece Americana band, featuring pedal steel, mandolin and banjo. Musical arrangements are by Daniel Kluger, and choreography is by John Heginbotham.

Based on an original concept by John Conklin, scenic design is by Laura Jellinek, costumes are by Terese Wadden, video projections are by Joshua Thorson and lighting is by Scott Zielinski.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (845) 758-7900 or visiting fishercenter.bard.edu.

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