Arthur Miller's UP FROM PARADISE Set for London Premiere at New Wimbledon Studio, Begin. 22 July
A London premiere from one of the world's most celebrated playwrights, Arthur Miller, Up From Paradise, Miller's only musical, opens at the New Wimbledon Studio on Tuesday 22nd July 2014 (Press night: Wednesday 23rd July at 7.45pm) for a one week limited run.
A parable inspired by the Book of Genesis, Up >From Paradise explores the classic theme of good versus evil by way of a comedic and musical retelling of the story of the creation of man (and woman). Miller's God is powerful but lacks wisdom. He needs Adam and Eve to procreate but doesn't know how to entice them into starting the first First Family. Onto the scene comes Lucifer, who believes the existence of evil will make sex exciting, a concept God eschews by tossing his black sheet angel into Hell.
The story so many of us are familiar with satirically retold through a mixture of gospel, baroque and barbershop songs for a modern audience. The immensely hummable score by Stanley Silverman, the music was described by the New York Daily News as 'ranging from Handel to Weill, and with all sorts of entertaining stops in between.'
Up From Paradise was originally produced at the University of Michigan in 1972 and was followed by a 1981 concert in New York and a 1983 Off-Broadway run.
PK Productions was founded in 2009 by Patrick Kennedy and aims to develop new writing and stage scarcely produced but socially important plays and musicals. Up From Paradise follows sell out success with Halbwelt Kultur at Jermyn Street Theatre and Doctor Selavy's Magic Theatre at New Wimbledon Studio. Patrick Kennedy is a London based theatre producer and director. A research scholar in 20th century American actor training techniques, he completed an extensive research project into Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg at the University of Birmingham.