ON BORROWED TIME, Directed by Joel Grey, Begins Tonight at Two River Theater
Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2013-2014 Season with Paul Osborn's On Borrowed Time, directed by Tony and Academy Award-winner Joel Grey. Performances will begin in Two River's Rechnitz Theater (21 Bridge Avenue) today, September 14 and continue through Sunday, October 13. The opening night performance is Friday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m.
"On Borrowed Time is a too-rarely-seen American classic that is ripe for rediscovery," says Artistic Director John Dias. "Three years ago, when I became Two River's Artistic Director, one of the first calls I made was to Joel Grey; we first worked together 25 years ago and I knew I wanted him to work in some capacity at this theater. When he suggested On Borrowed Time-a play that has meant a lot to him in his own history-I was struck by how relevant, beautiful, and moving it is. This year, as we celebrate Two River's 20-year history of developing and producing great American theater, it feels especially right to present this masterpiece on its 75th anniversary."
Two River Theater is opening its 20th Anniversary Season with this magical fantasy about the love between a little boy nicknamed "Pud" (Oakes Fegley) and his Gramps (Robert Hogan). When Death himself pays them a visit in the form of a man named Mr. Brink (Tom Nelis), Gramps outwits him-trapping Brink in a tree and refusing to let him down. The cast also features Alex Garfin (Boy), Brian Gildea (Workman), Brian Michael Hoffman (Mr. Grimes), Betsy Hogg (Marcia Giles), Patrick Husted (Mr. Pilbeam), Diane Kagan (Granny), Angela Reed (Demetria Riffle), Steven Skybell (Dr. Evans), Lorenzo Villanueva (Workman), John Thomas Waite (Sherriff), andSnickers (Betty).
Director Joel Grey made his theatrical debut at the age of 9 as an actor in the 1941 Cleveland Play House production of On Borrowed Time. The play premiered on Broadway, under the direction of Joshua Logan, in 1938, one year before playwright and screenwriter Paul Osborn's Morning's at Seven, debuted. On Borrowed Time was filmed in 1939, starring Lionel Barrymore as Gramps.
Grey most recently co-directed the Tony Award-winning revival of The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award nomination and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play). He won Tony and Academy Awards for his now iconic performance as the Emcee in Cabaret; he is one of only nine actors to be honored with both awards for the same role. His other Broadway credits include Chicago (1996), Wicked (2003), and Anything Goes (2011). In addition to his work for stage, screen, and television, Grey is also an accomplished photographer. He has three books of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006) and 1.3 - Images From My Phone (2009). His fourth monograph, The Billboard Papers, will be published this fall in connection with an exhibit at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York from September 12-October 19, 2013.
The creative team for On Borrowed Time includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan; Tony Award-winning costume designer Ann Hould-Ward; Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jennifer Tipton; sound designer/composers Nathan A. Roberts & Charles Coes; wig and makeup designer Tom Watson; and fight director J. Steven White. Animals provided by William Berloni Theatrical Animals, Inc. The casting is by Cindy Tolan & Adam S. Caldwell, the associate director is Dave Solomon, and the stage manager is Rick Steiger.