Horton, meet The Green Bird. Seussical star Kevin Chamberlin (with Saved director Robert Woodruff) attended the Saved opening night Feb. 25 alongside a smattering of Green Bird alumni - Ned Eisenberg, director Julie Taymor and Didi Conn. Theatre for a New Audience, producers of Saved, also first staged The Green Bird.
When Saved first opened in London in 1965, the dark working class drama sparked a controversy for its brutal depiction of young bored Londoners stoning a baby. This central event causes the play's loner protagonist, Len (Pete Starrett), to realize that he could have stopped them, a realization powerful enough to make him feel saved.
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.