Casting is complete for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of Tony winner Denis O'Hare and Obie winner Lisa Peterson’s The Good Book. Also directed by Peterson, performances are scheduled for April 25-June 9 at the California venue.
The cast will feature Oscar nominee Annette O’Toole as Miriam, Keith Nobbs as Connor, Lance Gardner as Man 1, Wayne Wilcox as Man 2, Elijah Alexander as Man 3, Denmo Ibrahim as Woman 1, and Shannon Tyo as Woman 2.
The play weaves three connected stories: a devout young man struggling to reconcile his belief with his identity, an atheist biblical scholar trying to find meaning as she faces her own mortality, and the creative journey of the Bible itself—from ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Ireland to suburban America.
The creative team includes scenic designer Rachel Hauck, costume designer Lydia Tanji, lighting and projection designer Alexander V. Nichols, and co-sound designers Mark Bennett and Charles Coes.
“Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s plays investigate the power of storytelling and the role that narratives play the world,” says Artistic Director Tony Taccone. “Has there been a more influential set of narratives in the history of Western civilization than those contained in the Bible? The Good Book examines how the Bible was created, and how we still need stories to sustain us, whether we believe in God or not. I look forward to having this duo back at Berkeley Rep as they show how narratives from the Bible continue to impact our society.”
Peterson and O'Hare have previously collaborated on another stage take on an ancient text: 2012's An Iliad.