World Premiere of Katori Hall's Our Lady of Kibeho, Story of Faith and Fate, Begins Off-Broadway Tonight

News   World Premiere of Katori Hall's Our Lady of Kibeho, Story of Faith and Fate, Begins Off-Broadway Tonight
 
The world premiere of Our Lady of Kibeho, a new play by Olivier Award winner Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), begins performances at the Signature Theatre Oct. 28 prior to an official opening Nov. 16.

Joaquina Kalukango
Joaquina Kalukango

The production will continue through Dec. 7 in the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Grey Gardens) directs.

The cast includes Starla Benford as Sister Evangelique, Jade Eshete as Girl 3, Danaya Esperanza as Girl 2, Niles Fitch as Emmanuel, Kambi Gathesha as Villager 1, Brent Jennings as Bishop Gahamanyi, Joaquina Kalukango as Marie-Clare Mukangango, Mandi Masden as Anathalie Mukamazimpaka, Owiso Odera as Father Tuyishime, Nneka Okafor as Alphonsine Mumureke, Stacey Sargeant as Girl 1, T. Ryder Smith as Father Flavia, Irungu Mutu as Villager 2, Angel Uwamahoro as Girl 4 and Bowman Wright as Nkango.

Here's how the production is billed: "In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond."

Our Lady of Kibeho is the second production of Hall's Residency at Signature, where the premiere of her play Hurt Village was staged.

The design team includes Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Matt Tierney (sound design), Peter Nigrini (projection design), Greg Meeh (special effects design), Paul Rubin (aerial effects design), Michael McElroy (original music, arrangements and music direction), Rick Sordelet (fight direction), Dawn-Elin Fraser (dialect coach) and Faye Armon-Troncoso (props & set dressing). Michael McGoff is the production stage manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Aves.

All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. Subscriptions to Signature Theatre and tickets to individual productions can be purchased by calling the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or by visiting signaturetheatre.org.

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