Jeanne Becquet is walking a tightrope without a net. She's trying to keep her family safe and provided for, which requires a certain level of "cordiality" with the Nazi officer in command of a local occupying force. And she's been managing, however uncomfortably. But all that is about to change in Moira Buffini
's Gabriel, beginning its run at Fort Worth's Stage West
tonight, January 10. BroadwayWorld has a first look in the photos below!
Jeanne is a widow, living on the occupied Channel island of Guernsey. The ancestral home has been commandeered by the German occupiers, forcing her to shift her family to the cottage on the property. The German officer who had been in charge has now been replaced by a Major Von Pfunz, forcing Jeanne into a new and unwelcome alliance. And she has secrets to keep. Her daughter-in-law Lily is Jewish, her housekeeper is making money on the black market, and her young daughter Estelle is conducting her own sort of guerilla warfare on the Germans. And then, as Jeanne is on her first "date" with Von Pfunz, Lily finds a naked and unconscious young man on the beach, near death. When he begins to recover, they find he has no memory of his past. Estelle names him Gabriel. But who is he? He represents something different to each member of the household, and also to Von Pfunz. Is he a German spy? A downed RAF pilot? An angel sent to rescue them? There are no simple answers in this story of wartime intrigue, which is sure to give audiences a thought-provoking and suspenseful experience.
was born in England in 1965, and studiEd English
and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London University from 1983-1986. She subsequently trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Jordan, co-written with Anna Reynolds in 1992, won a Writers' Guild Award for Best Fringe play. Her 1997 play Gabriel was performed at Soho theatre, winning the LWT Plays on Stage award. 1999's Silence earned Buffini the Susan Smith
Blackburn Prize for best English-language play by a woman. Loveplay followed at the Royal Shakespeare Company
in 2001. Dinner ( 2003) premiered at The National Theatre, and transferred to the West End, receiving a nomination for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Buffini is a founder member of the Monsterists, a group of playwrights who promote new writing of large scale work in the British theatre. Her other works include Dying For It, a free adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's classic, The Suicide, Marianne Dreams, a dance play with choreographer Will Tuckett, and a screen adaptation of Jane Eyre for BBC Films.
The set will be designed by Jim Covault
, with lighting by Michael O'Brien. Costume design will be again be handled by Michael Robinson
and Dallas Costume Shoppe, who have provided costumes for several Stage West
shows, most recently She Loves Me. Lynn Lovett will handle set décor and props.
Gabriel will preview Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 and Friday, January 11 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, February 10. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. The opening night reception will be Saturday, January 12.
Ticket prices range from $28 to $32, with discounts for preview performances, and for students and seniors. Pay What You Can performances will be Sunday, January 13 and Thursday, January 17. Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are necessary), and all Friday nights after January 11 will feature the $39 Prix Fixe Special. Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org