American Premiere of Bashir Lazhar, Starring Juri Henley-Cohn, Begins May 22 at Barrington Stage
22 May 2013
Photo by Shakina Nayfack
Barrington Stage Company presents the American premiere of Bashir Lazhar, beginning May 22 prior to an official opening May 26 in Pittsfield, MA.
Evelyne de la Chenelière's play, in a translation by Morwyn Brebner, continues through June 8 at BSC's St. Germain Stage.
Directed by Shakina Nayfack and starring Juri Henley-Cohn, Bashir Lazhar, according to press notes, "tells the story of a French-Algerian political refugee who is hurriedly hired as the teacher at an elementary school in Montreal for a class of distressed students. His unorthodox teaching methods draw him into surprisingly explosive territory. Timely and deeply moving, Bashir Lazhar explores the practical and emotional nuances of living in a multicultural society, the pain of loss and the power of imagination."
The design team includes Brett J. Banakis (set and costume design), Robert Brown (lighting design) and Anthony Mattana (sound design and original music). Paul Vella is production stage manager.
Barrington Stage Company is under the leadership of artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.