Julia Stiles Is Persephone Beginning Oct. 26 at BAM

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Stage and screen actress Julia Stiles stars in the title role of Persephone, the new music theatre work by Tony Award-winning playwright Warren Leight, which begins Oct. 26 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles Photo by Laurie Olinder

Side Man playwright Leight has teamed with composer Ben Neill and lyricist Mimi Goese on the new work that will run through Oct. 30 in the Harvey Theater.

Bob McGrath directs Persephone, which is presented by the Ridge Theater ensemble and has choreography by Dan Safer.

Stiles (Oleanna, "Bourne Identity") appears as Persephone/Clara in a cast that also features Mimi Goese as Demeter/Grace, Sean Haberle (Hamlet, Jane Eyre) as Zeus, Ben Neill as Mercury, Michael Anthony Williams as Hades/Nicholas, Alexis Baker as Iris, Sarah Wyle as Myrtle, and Amy Cammel, Bryanna Demerly, Kara Dreschel, Jessi Durham and Kristin Macomber as The Sirens. Understudies are Carly Erickson, Jordan Goldston and Marlo Clingman.

According to BAM, "The mythology surrounding the Greek character of Persephone—the beautiful and doomed daughter of Zeus and Demeter who was abducted by Hades into the Underworld—is explored through songs, narrative, projections, and instrumental music, all performed in the style of a 19th-century theatrical production."

Persephone has films by Bill Morrison, projections by Laurie Olinder, sets by Jim Findlay, lights by John Ambrosone, costumes by Jane Alois Stein and sound design by Jamie McElhinney. Daniel Zippi and Karl Precoda are dramaturges.

For tickets visit BAM.

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