West Coast Premiere of David Ives' The Metromaniacs Kicks Off Tonight

News   West Coast Premiere of David Ives' The Metromaniacs Kicks Off Tonight
The West Coast premiere of David Ives' The Metromaniacs, an adaptation of Alexis Piron's classic French farce, begins performances Jan. 30 at the Old Globe theatre. The staging, presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company, features Broadway vet Adam LeFevre (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and is helmed by Michael Kahn.

The cast also includes Benjamin Cole, Christian Conn (Desire Under the Elms), Cary Donaldson (Mrs. Warren's Profession), Michael Goldstrom, Peter Kybart (Awake and Sing!), Amelia Pedlow, Connor Sullivan and Dina Thomas.

The cast of <i>The Metromaniacs</i>
The cast of The Metromaniacs Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company

Performances of The Metromaniacs are scheduled to run through March 6. An official opening night is scheduled for Feb. 4.

"In 18th Century Paris, poets are the rock stars of the day, and young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry," states a description on the Old Globe's website. "Damis has a serious case of verse-mania, so much so that he falls in love with his favorite poetess, not knowing that his idol is actually a middle-aged gentleman writing under a pen name! Soon we’re off and running in a breathless series of complications, plot twists, and mistaken identities."

The creative team includes James Noone (scenic design), Murell Horton (costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Matt Tierney (sound design), Adam Wernick (original music), Laura Stanczyk, CSA (casting director), Carter C. Wooddell (additional casting), and Jess Slocum (production stage manager). Amanda Salmons and Laura Zingle are the assistant stage managers.

Performances are at the Old Globe's Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in San Diego. Tickets can be purchased by visiting TheOldGlobe.org.

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