Invisible Man Materializes in World Premiere at Shaw Festival May 27

News   Invisible Man Materializes in World Premiere at Shaw Festival May 27
The Shaw Festival in Ontario unwraps a world premiere May 27 with the opening of The Invisible Man, Michael O'Brien's adaptation of the science fiction classic by H.G. Wells.

Peter Krantz plays the title character.

The play was commissioned by the Shaw Festival and began previews May 13 at the jewel box proscenium house known as the Royal George Theatre (one of the festival's three venues) in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The work explores "scientific inquiry" and "personal freedom." Neil Munro directs the production.

According to the Shaw Festival, "When a mysterious figure staggers into a tavern in a remote Sussex village, his bandaged face and strange manner raise concern amongst the locals. But when local gossip turns to suspicion and then mayhem, terrible truths come to light. Remaining faithful to the original novel, this modern-day adventure chronicles what happens when a young scientist (Peter Krantz) becomes obsessed with trying to offer mankind something magical and useful."

The production features Jenny L. Wright as Catherine Kemp and Jeff Meadows as Dr. David Kemp. The cast also includes Guy Bannerman, Neil Barclay, Bernard Behrens, Anthony Bekenn, Charlotte Gowdy, Evert Houston, Douglas E. Hughes, Jeff Irving, Al Kozlik, David Leyshon, Trish Lindstrom, Cameron MacDuffee, Micheal Querin, David Schurmann and Wendy Thatcher. Victorian-inspired costume and set design are by Judith Bowden, original music is written and conducted by Allen Cole, lighting design is by Kevin Lamotte and effects design by Marshall Magoon. The stage management team is lead by stage manager Meredith Macdonald and assistant stage manager Barry Burns.

The Invisible Man plays in repertory until Oct. 29.

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