Lucy Prebble's Enron Will Make U.S. Regional Debut in Boston; Casting Announced

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09 Sep 2010

Victor Shopov
Victor Shopov
Photo by Joel W. Benjamin

Enron, Lucy Prebble's London hit about American capitalism, will make its U.S. regional debut at Boston's Zeitgeist Stage Company beginning Sept. 24. The staging will mark the first U.S. production of the play since its short-lived Broadway run last spring.

Prebble's vaudevillian drama arrived on Broadway last April after an acclaimed London run which concluded in August. Enron failed to ignite its Broadway box office and shuttered after 37 performances in May.

While New Yorkers may have not taken to the production that incorporates original music, "Star Wars" and dinosaurs into its commentary on American's most-infamous white collar crime, Enron will officially open for business in Boston Sept. 26 and continue through Oct. 16 at the Boston Center for the Performing Arts.

Zeitgeist artistic director David J. Miller will stage the black-box production that will feature Victor Shopov as Jeffrey Skilling, Greg Ferrisi as Andrew Fastow, Bill Salem as Ken Lay and Erin Cole as Claudia Roe. The ensemble will include Jenn Bates, James Bocock, Gigi Cochrane, Zach Eisenstat, Michael Fisher, Becca A. Lewis, Kathryn Lynch, Mike Manship, Dmitriy Molchanov, Maya Murphy and Andrew Smith.

Here's how Zeitgeist describes the play: "In Enron, one of the most infamous scandals in financial history is transformed into a theatrical epic. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, the play follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and financial collapse which reviews the tumultuous 1990s, and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2010. Inspired by real-life events, and using music, movement, projections, and pure theatricality, Enron captures the economic circus feeling that precipitated the collapse of the energy giant, and examines the painful aftermath."



Enron will have lighting design by Jeffrey Adelberg, sound design by Walter Eduardo, costume design by Fabian Aguilar and projection design by Thom Dunn.

Enron earned four Tony Award nominations, including Best Featured Actor in a Play (Stephen Kunken), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Mark Henderson), Best Sound Design of a Play (Adam Cork) and Best Score (music by Adam Cork, lyrics by Lucy Prebble).

Enron was commissioned by the Headlong Theatre and premiered in summer 2009 at the Minerva Theatre Chichester. It later moved for a six-week run at the Royal Court Theatre in London where it played through Nov. 8, 2009. The play transferred to West End's Noel Coward Theatre Jan. 16 and concluded in August.

For tickets, priced $30, phone (617) 933-8600 or visit BostonTheatreScene. The Boston Center for the Arts is located at 539 Tremont Street.