Photo Flash: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's OLIVER TWIST Begins Previews Tonight, 9/12
Using only Dickens' words, and featuring an ensemble of 13 esteemed actors who play more than 30 roles, the visceral landscape of Victorian England's dark and dangerous underworld comes to vivid life in this dynamic vision of the classic novel.
In addition to writing Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist for the stage, award-winning writer Neil Bartlett has also adapted works by Marivaux and Moliere, as well as Dickens' Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. In all of his adaptations, Barlett only uses text from the original source material.
Longtime company member Ames Adamson plays Fagin. The brutal thief Bill Sikes is played by JeffreycM. Bender. Corey Tazmania plays Nancy, the soft-hearted but doomed anti-heroine of the piece. Quentin McCuiston returns for his second season at The Shakespeare Theatre to play the orphan Oliver Twist. Robbie Collier Sublett, in his fourth season at the Shakespeare Theatre, plays the Artful Dodger. Returning to the Shakespeare Theatre after 10 years is Andrew Boyer who plays Mr. Sowerberry, the undertaker. Tina Stafford plays Mrs. Corney, matron of the workhouse. Eric Hoffman plays Mr. Bumble. The benevolent gentleman MR. Brownlow is played by John Little, who returns for hisfifth season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Andy Paterson plays the thief Charley Bates. Also in the cast are George Abud, David A. Laws, and Meg Kiley Smith.
Creating the world of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist is set designer Brian Ruggaber, costume designer Nancy Leary, lighting designer Andrew Hungerford, and sound designer Steven Beckel. Josiane M. Lemieux serves as production stage manager and music direction is byKris Kukul.
The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison. For more information about tickets, performance schedule, special events and more, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.
The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey's largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare's canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.
Photo credit: Gerry Goodstein
(center) Robbie Collier Sublett as the Artful Dodger, a young pickpocket, shows off his stolen goods to the gang of thieves
Ames Adamson as Fagin--the receiver of stolen goods, schools his newest gang member, Oliver Twist played by Quentin McCuiston