Faith and Crisis Create The Thin Place at the Intiman Theatre, Starting May 14

News   Faith and Crisis Create The Thin Place at the Intiman Theatre, Starting May 14
Gbenga Akinnagbe, best known for his role on "The Wire," stars in the world premiere of Sonya Schneider's The Thin Place, beginning May 14 at the Intiman Theatre.

Andrew Russell, who conceived the solo play based on a 2009 podcast on "This American Life," directs the Seattle production that officially opens May 21 and will run through June 13.

Intiman artistic director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, The Miracle Worker) and associate Andrew Russell were inspired by the podcast "Return to the Scene of the Crime," in which author Dan Savage described his return to faith following the death of his mother. Journalist Marcie Sillman was commissioned to interview Seattle-area individuals to share their personal stories of faith and crisis, and playwright Schneider was brought on board to create a unified theatrical evening from the interviews.

The Thin Place, according to the Intiman, centers on "Isaac, the son of a Pentecostal minister. Doubting his father, his faith and his community and suffering from mysterious episodes, Isaac sets out on a journey to find faith—or accept God’s absence. The strangers he encounters in unexpected places (characters crafted from the interviews) become his guides, with Akinnagbe portraying all the roles."

Tony-nominated Color Purple choreographer Donald Byrd serves as movement consultant for the production that has scenic and costume design by Etta Lilienthal, lighting design by Ben Zamora and sound design by Matt Starritt.

Akinnagbe has appeared Off-Broadway in Henry V, The Controversy of Valladolid and A View from 151 Street. He portrays Chris Partlow on HBO's "The Wire." Tickets for productions at the Intiman, 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, can be purchased by calling (206) 269-1900.

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