Daniel Buckroyd, who adapted Farm Boy for the stage, also directs the New York premiere of the New Perspectives Theatre Company production, which began previews Dec. 7 and will run through Jan. 1, 2012.
Unlike War Horse – its epic West End and Broadway literary sibling – which uses life-size equestrian puppets, Farm Boy utilizes theatrical storytelling to conjure the continued tale of horse Joey after his return from the battlefields of WWI. John Walters and Richard Pryal star.
Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel "War Horse" became the inspiration for the Tony and Olivier Award-winning drama, which is now launching productions across the globe since its 2007 debut. His 1997 novel "Farm Boy" traces the lives of Albert and his horse Joey in the decades that follow the Great War.
Farm Boy is described as "a moving account of the changing face of the English countryside and a beautifully-crafted reminder that stories really can reach out across the generations. This magical tale of the bonds between grandfather and grandson is brought to life in this delightful show combining drama, storytelling and original music."
The production has lighting design by Mark Dymock and original music composed by Matt Marks.
59E59 Theaters, at 59 E. 59th Street, is run by Elysabeth Kleinhans (artistic director) and Peter Tear (executive producer).