Well-Strung, Directed and Co-Written by Broadway's Donna Drake, To Make European Debut in London
18 Mar 2013
Well-Strung, an all-male string quartet that has previously appeared at New York's Joe's Pub and Off-Broadway, is to make its European debut Sept. 19-21 at London's Leicester Square Theatre.
The show is conceived by Christopher Marchant and Mark Cortale, and co-written and directed by Broadway's Donna Drake, original cast member of A Chorus Line. Her other Broadway credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year and The Wind in the Willows. The group comprises first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh.
Bagnell played Tobias in the first US national tour of John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd. Marchant has also played Tobias in a national tour of Sweeney Todd and appeared in Naked Boys Singing in Provincetown. Shevlin appeared off-Broadway in The Sandbox, written and directed by Edward Albee, and has toured the US and Asia in productions of Rent and Cabaret. Wadleigh is a member of The String Collective of New York and has performed at Carnegie Hall.
The arranger is David Levinson, and co-writer and producer is Mark Cortale (who is also bringing Pati LuPone and Seth Rudetsky to the Leicester Square Theatre this summer). It is presented in association with Martin Witts for London International Arts Theatres Limited.
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.