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The Caryl Churchill play, directed by Great Comet and Hadestown director Rachel Chavkin, opened Off-Broadway May 7.
Cast Joan Marcus

New York Theatre Workshop celebrated the official opening of Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire May 7.

Tony Award nominee and three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to NYTW, where she helmed the acclaimed Hadestown, to direct the revival (the play received its American premiere in 1991).

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Evelyn Spahr Joan Marcus

Set in 1647 England, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire follows a number of revolutionaries dreaming of a new era and looks at themes of power, politics, and revolution. Chavkin directs a cast made up of Vinie Burrows, Rob Campbell, Matthew Jeffers, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Gregg Mozgala, and Evelyn Spahr.

Read reviews for the production below:

Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

DC Theatre Scene (Jonathan Mandell)

Financial Times (Max McGuiness)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Vulture / New York Magazine (Sara Holdren)

Performances of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire began April 18 and have been extended through June 3.

The production features scenic design by Riccardo Hernández (Indecent), costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Amazing Grace), lighting design by Isabella Byrd (Sundown, Yellow Moon), sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (The Rape of the Sabine Women), properties by Noah Mease (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), original music and music direction by Orion Johnstone ({my lingerie play}: The Concert and Call to Arms!!!!!!!!!), and stage management by Jhanaë Bonnick (That Bachelorette Show).

Churchill’s plays include Top Girls, Serious Money, Cloud 9, Fen, Love and Information, and Far Way, among many others.

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