Robinson Completes World-Premiere Cast of Long Wharf's Old Man and the Sea

News   Robinson Completes World-Premiere Cast of Long Wharf's Old Man and the Sea Casting and creative duties are now complete for the world-premiere stage adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic The Old Man and the Sea, which will begin performances at the Long Wharf Theatre April 1.

Penned by Eric Ting and Craig Siebels, The Old Man and the Sea will feature Leajato Robinson in the role of Cienfuegos. Robinson joins Matteo Gomez (Westport's Of Mice and Men) as the Old Man and Rey Lucas (Broadway's The Rainmaker) as the Boy.

The Old Man and the Sea officially opens April 8 and will run through April 26 on the Long Wharf Mainstage.

"While the novel is meditative, thoughtful and ruminative, this production is going to be very theatrically dynamic," said Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein in a statement. "This is a story about the ancient struggle of man versus nature, and about the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next."

Long Wharf associate artistic director Eric Ting directs the work, which concerns "a young boy [who] recounts the tale of an old Cuban fisherman's 85-day struggle to land the greatest catch of his life. Armed with little more than a few coils of fishing line, the old man comes to respect and love his adversary even as he confronts his own mortality in this sublime tale of man against the elements, of courage and faith, and of the enduring human spirit," according to press notes.

Designing the premiere are Craig Siebels (set design), Kaye M. Voyce (costume design), Michael Chybowski (lighting design) and John Gromada (sound design). For tickets visit longwharf.org.

The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.