Opening Night Makes U.S. Stage Premiere at BAM Dec. 2

News   Opening Night Makes U.S. Stage Premiere at BAM Dec. 2
The U.S. premiere of Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Opening Night, which transforms the 1977 John Cassavetes' film of the same title into a new work for the stage, begins its run as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival Dec. 2.

Flemish director Ivo van Hove stages the amalgam of large-scale film projections and live theatre. The limited engagement will play through Dec. 6.

Performed in Dutch with English titles, Opening Night, according to press notes, "tells the story of a famous actress, starring in a play in which her character must come to terms with aging. After an avid fan/autograph-seeker is killed, the actress begins a downward personal spiral, confronting her own issues of mortality. Despite insincere support from her colleagues in the production, the actress works her way back from her crisis of the soul. As in other Cassavetes screenplays, the characters' interactions are emotionally raw and filled with the awkwardness, pain, and joy of honest human interaction."

The cast comprises Elsie de Brauw (Myrtle), Jacob Derwig (Maurice), Oscar van Rompay/Sanne de Hartogh (Gus), Sarah Bourgeois (Lena), Fedja van Huet (Manny), Katja Herbers (Dorothee), Johan van Assche (David), Anne Prakke (Leo), Sanne den Hartogh/Servé Hermans/Alwin Pulinckx (Kelly), Chris Nietvelt (Sarah) and Hadewych Minis (Nancy).

Opening Night has set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An d'Huys, sound design by Marc Meulemans and video design by Erik Lint.

The 140-minute Opening Night is performed without an intermission. For tickets, ranging $20-$55, and further information, phone (718) 636-4100 or visit

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