World Premiere of Smart's Samuel J. and K., With Justin Long and Owiso Odera, Begins July 7

News   World Premiere of Smart's Samuel J. and K., With Justin Long and Owiso Odera, Begins July 7
 
The world premiere of Samuel J. and K., Mat Smart's two-person drama which traces the difficult bond between a young man and his place of birth, begins performances July 7 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

WTF artistic associate Justin Waldman directs Samuel J. and K., which will run through July 18 on the Nikos Stage. Justin Long ("Ed," "Jeepers Creepers") and Owiso Odera (Shakespeare in the Park's Romeo and Juliet) co-star.

"Samuel J. surprises his adopted brother, Samuel K., with a trip back to his birth country of Cameroon for college graduation — but Samuel K. has no desire to face a place and a past that abandoned him. This hard-charging play challenges the traditional definitions of family and asks if a place we've only imagined can become home overnight," WTF notes state.

Designing the production are Adam Stockhausen (scenic design), Nicole Jescinth Smith (costume design), Marcus Doshi (lighting design) and Bart Fasbender (sound design).

Smart's plays include 13th of Paris, The Bebop Heard in Okinawa, Beneficiaries, Chopin's Preludes, CouchWorks, The Hopper Collection and the book to the musical Keep Ishmael.

Visit WilliamstownTheatreFestival.

(L-R): Justin Long and Owiso Odera in rehearsal for <i>Samuel J. and K</i>.
(L-R): Justin Long and Owiso Odera in rehearsal for Samuel J. and K. Photo by Sam Hough
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