Tony Walton Directs and Designs Devil's Disciple at Florida's Asolo

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Tony and Academy Award-winning designer Tony Walton will direct and design sets and costumes for the new Asolo Repertory Theatre production of George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple in Sarasota, FL, March 20-May 24.
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The only Shaw play set in the U.S., it's billed by Asolo as "a timely, crackling comedy presented in true Shaw style and set in New Hampshire during the American Revolution." In the examination of Puritan values, "self-professed 'devil's disciple' Dick Dudgeon has rejected Puritan values to follow his will. The Reverend Anderson follows his heart and practices what he preaches. Mrs. Anderson is the picture of piety until British soldiers mistakenly arrest Dick instead of the Reverend." The cast includes Brent Bateman, David Breitbarth, James Clarke, Dan Donohue, Douglas Jones, Heather Kelly, James Leaming, Demario McGrew, Carolyn Michel, Steven O'Brien, Kevin O'Callaghan, Dolph Paulsen, Michelle Trachtenberg and David Yearta.

Walton also designed the sets for Asolo Rep's 2007 production of A Tale of Two Cities, which went on to a Broadway run in 2008. He has 16 Tony Award nominations for his Broadway sets and/or costumes. He won Tonys for his work on Pippin, House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls.

He was Oscar-nominated for his work on "Mary Poppins," "The Boy Friend," "The Wiz" and "Murder on the Orient Express," and he won the Oscar for "All That Jazz."

During the last 12 years he has directed productions of Wilde, Shaw, Coward, and others for New York's Irish Rep, San Diego's Old Globe and Bay Street Theatre. He is currently preparing to direct and design the Sherman Brothers' musical Busker Alley, starring Jim Dale, for Broadway.

He directed The Devil's Disciple for the Irish Repertory Theatre in Manhattan in 2007-08.

Tickets are available through the Asolo Rep box office at (941) 351-8000, toll-free at (800) 361–8388, as well as online at www.asolo.org.

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