Contemporary politics and a theatre classic collide in Jeremy J. Kamps' Breitwisch Farm, a new play inspired by Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard that will have its world premiere at Town Stages in Tribeca. The production from Esperance Theater Company is set to begin performances March 2 and continue through March 16.
Breitwisch Farm examines the disappearing middle class in the swing state of Wisconsin, and the rise of "Trumpism". The play looks at anti-immigrant fears, bipartisan politics, and the intersection of community and capitalism.
Ryan Quinn directs a cast made up of Danaya Esperanza (Mary Jane), Katie Hartke (Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility), Will Manning, Charlie Murphy (The Public’s All’s Well That Ends Well ), Maria Peyramaure, Alejandro Rodriguez (King Lear with Billy Porter), Joe Tapper (Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You), and Katie Wieland (The Public’s All’s Well That Ends Well).
The production will feature scenic design by Alexander Woodward, costume design by Kaitlyn McDonald, lighting design by Leslie Smith, and sound design by William Neal. Emily C. Rolston is the production stage manager.
Kamps is a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and Esperance Theater Company’s Playwright-in-Residence. His work has been produced/developed with Company Cypher at the National Black Theatre of Harlem, Ugly Rhino, Dixon Place, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, The Amoralists, and New York Theatre Workshop.
Town Stages is located at 221 West Broadway, New York. Tickets to Breitwisch Farm can be purchased Esperancetheatercompany.org.