Daisy Eagan, who won a Tony Award for creating the role of Mary in the original Broadway production of The Secret Garden, will play Martha in an upcoming staging of the award-winning musical.
A co-production between The 5th Avenue Theatre and DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, performances are scheduled for November 15-December 31 in Washington, DC, and April 14-May 6, 2017, in Seattle, WA. David Armstrong directs.
Eagan will be joined by Michael Xavier (Archibald Craven) in his U.S. debut, Josh Young (Dr. Neville Craven) and Lizzie Klemperer (Lily).
Additional casting for the DC production follows (casting for the ensemble and children’s roles will most likely change between DC and Seattle): Anya Rothman, Henry Baratz, Alex Alferov (Ensemble/Soldier/Footman), Brittany Baratz (Rose/Ensemble), Jared Michael Brown (Lieutenant Wright/Ensemble), Mary Jo DuGaw (Claire/Mrs. Winthrop/Ensemble), Catherine Flye (Mrs. Medlock), Jason Forbach (Captain Albert Lennox), Charlie Franklin (Dickon), Seán G. Griffin (Ben Weatherstaff), Maya Maniar (Ayah), Happy McPartlin (Cook/Ensemble), Greg Stone (Major Holmes/Ensemble), Hayley Travers (Housemaid/Ensemble), Vishal Vaidya (Fakir), Ethan Watermeier (Major Shelly/Butler/Ensemble) and Billie Wildrick (Alice/Ensemble).
The Secret Garden, which is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, features music by Lucy Simon and a book and lyrics by Marsha Norman. After 25 years, Simon and Norman are returning to their musical to refine it for contemporary audiences.
The musical, according to production notes, “tells the story of 10-year-old Mary Lennox. Mary is orphaned in the British Raj of India and sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, who is tormented by grief and dreams of his late wife. Alone in a house haunted by memories and loss, Mary seeks refuge in her late aunt’s mysterious walled garden. After she meets her frail cousin Colin, they discover together the secrets of the garden and ultimately bring healing and happiness to the house and all in it.”
The creative team also includes costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, scenic designer Anna Louizos, sound designer Justin Stasiw, lighting designer Michael Baldassari, music supervisor, music director and arranger Rick Fox and associate music director Brandon Adams.