The Civilians' THE GREAT IMMENSITY Opens Tonight at the Public
The Public Theater presents The Civilian's THE GREAT IMMENSITY on Friday, April 11. Written and directed by Steve Cosson with songs by Michael Friedman, THE GREAT IMMENSITY is a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: how can we change ourselves and our society in time to solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us? THE GREAT IMMENSITY will run through Thursday, May 1 in the Martinson Theater, with an official press opening tonight, April 24.
The complete cast for THE GREAT IMMENSITY features Damian Baldet (Harold, Pete); Cindy Cheung (Allie, Emanuelle); Dan Domingues (Bonifacio, Marcos, Charlie); Rebecca Hart (Phyllis); Trey Lyford (Rob, Ship Spotter, Pete); Chris Sullivan (Karl); and Erin Wilhelmi (Julie).
In a thrilling and timely production, presented in association with the celebrated investigative theater company, The Civilians, THE GREAT IMMENSITY is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues her husband Karl who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Paris. As the days count down to the summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time.
THE GREAT IMMENSITY features scenic design by Mimi Lien; costume design by Sarah Beers; lighting design by Jeff Croiter; sound design by Alex Hawthorn, based on the original sound design by Ken Travis; projection design by Jason H. Thompson, and choreography by Tracy Bersley.
STEVE COSSON (Writer, Director) co-wrote and directed the Public Lab production of Paris Commune at The Public. His recent credits include Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play; Paris Commune at BAM Next Wave; Spring Awakening at the Olney Theatre; The Great Immensity at Kanas City Rep; Anne Washburn's A Devil at Noon at the Humana Festival; and Bus Stop at Kansas City Rep. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians, whose original works of theatre have been performed Off-Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally. The Civilians' highlights include In the Footprint, The Beautiful City, (I Am) Nobody's Lunch, and Gone Missing.
MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (Songs) recently wrote the music and lyrics for The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Love's Labour's Lost; as well as for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; the music for Romeo and Juliet; The Seagull; Cymbeline; and is the co-author of Paris Commune, which was also performed at the BAM Next Wave Festival. He also wrote the music for Fortress of Solitude, currently at the Dallas Theatre Center, which will be a part of The Public's 2014-15 season. As a founding associate artist of The Civilians, he has written music and lyrics for This Beautiful City; In the Footprint; Gone Missing; (I Am) Nobody's Lunch; and Canard Canard Goose? and music for Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. He has been a MacDowell Fellow, Princeton Hodder Fellow, Barron Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. He performed in a Lincoln Center's American Songbook concert of his songs and received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement.
DAMIAN BALDET (Harold, Peter) has appeared on Broadway in Machinal and in the National Tour of The Lion King. He has also appeared Off-Broadway in The Civilians' production of Gone Missing, which he also co-wrote. His additional New York credits include Frankenstein, (I Am) Nobody's Lunch, and Canard Canard Goose? His regional credits include Hoover Comes Alive, Sweet Bird of Youth, Blood Wedding, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
CINDY CHEUNG (Allie, Emanuelle) has appeared Off-Broadway in Sides: The Fear is Real and Middletown. Her additional New York credits include Speak Up Connie, The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness, Goodbye Cruel World, The Seagull, and The Karaoke Show. Her film and television credits include Lady in the Water, Spider Man 2, "Homeland," "Blue Bloods," "Made in Jersey," "Bored to Death," "White Collar," and "One Life to Live."
DAN DOMINGUES (Bonifacio, Marcos, Charlie) has appeared Off-Broadway in The Jammer, The Cherry Orchard, Night Sky, His Greatness, King Lear, Cymbeline, and in New York in The Coffee Trees, Masquerade, and Who Popped Papi Chulo? which he also co-wrote and produced. His film and television credits include Chasing Taste, "Gossip Girl," "Royal Pains," "Law & Order," "Hope & Faith," and "Third Watch."
REBECCA HART (Phyllis) was a member of The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab and has appeared in New York in Dead City, Vendetta Chrome, Lila Cante, Love Sucks, Struck, The Devil & Tom Walker, Nights & Fights, Phenomenon, and Jazz Desert. Regionally, she has appeared in Son of a Gun; The Devil at Noon; Orestes, A Tragic Romp; Prozak & The Platypus; and A Girl's Life.
TREY LYFORD (Rob, Ship Spotter, Pete) co-wrote and appeared in The Civilians' production of Gone Missing, and has appeared in Elephant Room, Machines Machines, Amnesia Curiosa, All Wear Bowlers, The Attic, Apparition, and Paris Commune. His regional credits include The Africa Trilogy, Phoenix, At The Vanishing Point, Othello, Sheridan, and Hapless. His film credits include Little Gold Men; S.U.V. Luv; Robot Stories, and Woman.
CHRIS SULLIVAN (Karl) has appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Lombardi, and Chicago. His television credits include "The Knick"; "The American"; "Law & Order: SVU"; "Elementary"; and "A Gifted Man."
ERIN WILHELMI (Julie) has appeared Off-Broadway in The Great God Pan at Playwrights Horizons. Her film and television credits include Jamie Marks Is Dead, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Disconnect, The English Teacher, "Taxi Brooklyn," "The Knick," and "Gossip Girl."