Invitation-only developmental lab presentations of the new musical Other World—written by [title of show]'s Hunter Bell (book) and Jeff Bowen (music and lyrics) with singer-songwriter Ann McNamee (music and lyrics)—will be offered February 15 and 16 at Jerome Robbins Theatre at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Tony nominee Gabriel Barre will direct a cast that includes Rin Allen, Ryan Andes, Jordan Barrow, Charnette Batey, Sommer Carbuccia, Sofiya Cheyenne, Jess Fry, Carlos E. Gonzalez, Ryan J. Haddad, Benjamin Howes, Jo Lampert, Miriam A. Laube, Justin Gregory Lopez, Michael Maliakel, Bonnie Jean Milligan, Evy Ortiz, Seth Rettberg, Sherisse Springer, Blake Stadnik, Carla Stickler, Jena VanElslander, Melanie Vaughan, and Jason Williams.
In the new musical, an avid online gamer, Sri, and a confirmed non-gamer, Lorraine, are magically and unexpectedly transported into Sri’s favorite video game, Other World. They must find a way to work together and, with the aid of fellow gamers and their avatars, survive the game to discover a way home.
The creative team also features choreographer Tānemahuta Gray, musical supervisor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrators Christopher Jahnke and Scott Wasserman, music director Michael Gacetta, and fight director Danielle O’Dea, with casting by Paul Hardt of Stewart/Whitley and general management by Alchemy Production Group.
Other World is being developed in creative consultation with the five-time Academy Award-winning WETA Workshop (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies).