Ruhl's Passion Play, with Fumusa, Noonan, Reddin, Wiesner, Opens in Brooklyn May 12

News   Ruhl's Passion Play, with Fumusa, Noonan, Reddin, Wiesner, Opens in Brooklyn May 12
 
Epic Theatre Ensemble's production of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play officially opens May 12 at the Irondale Center, a converted Sunday School inside the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Previews began April 27.

T. Ryder Smith in Passion Play
T. Ryder Smith in Passion Play Photo by Carol Rosegg

Directed by Mark Wing-Davey, the production will continue through May 30.

The cast features Brendan Averett, Dominic Fumusa, Polly Noonan, Daniel Pearce, Alex Podulke, Keith Reddin, Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., T. Ryder Smith, Kate Turnbull and Nicole Wiesner.

Wing-Davey previously directed Passion Play at the Goodman Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, but has re-envisioned the play for its site-specific New York premiere.

In a previous statement, playwright Ruhl, who was represented on Broadway earlier this season with In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), said, "I'm thrilled to be doing Passion Play in New York with Epic Theatre Ensemble, a company devoted to making theatre that engages a diverse community. It seems fitting for a play about medieval plays that we'll be staging it in a site-specific way, in a beautiful raw church with a political history, and building a meaningful community around the event.”

"Inspired by the historic festivals where everyday citizens came together to elevate their communities by staging the life and death of Christ, Passion Play," according to press notes, "transports audiences first to 16th century England, where Queen Elizabeth threatens to shut down a small town's production; then to Nazi Germany, where Adolf Hitler's arrival at the famous Oberammergau Passion Play influences the lives of its cast and finally to Spearfish, South Dakota in 1984, as a local production becomes a campaign stop for a famous actor-turned-President running for re-election."

The production features scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by David Van Tieghem and fight direction by David Anzuelo. Tickets are available by visiting www.epictheatreensemble.org.

Dominic Fumusa
Dominic Fumusa
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