A New Adaptation Of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER Begins Rehearsals This Week
A new adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper starts rehearsals this week.
"He asked me all sorts of questions, pretending to be very loving and kind."
Confined to rest and separated from her newborn child, a woman struggles to come to terms with a mental health diagnosis. As she vacillates between self-assurance and doubt, the yellow wallpaper that decorates her room becomes an unusual source of comfort. Originally published in 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's searing indictment of the 19th century medical community quickly became a classic of early American literature. This new adaptation and multimedia staging provides an intimate look at a deteriorating mental state and how the world of medicine has and continually doubts women.
The cast will be led by Sam Morales* (Miranda in The Public Mobile Unit's Tempest) and will also star Jacob Fishel* (Fiddler on the Roof and TFANA's King Lear) and Lindsey Sagrera. The script will be adapted and directed by Andrew Watkins (Network, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune). The production will feature sets by Vincent Gunn; costumes by Christopher Metzger; lighting by Dallas Estes; video by Cinthia Chen; original music and sound design by Sam Kaseta and stage managed by Katherine Bolynn*.
The production will open at IRT Theater on October 4th, 2019 and run through October 13th. Tickets are now available at irttheater.org
About the Artists:
Sam Morales*: Off-Broadway: The Tempest (The Public); Pericles (dir. Trevor Nunn), The Skin of Our Teeth, Measure for Measure (TFANA). Regional: Woman in Mind (Delaware REP); The House on the Hill (World Premiere, CATF); Teach, Last Night in Inwood (Gulfshore Playhouse); The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (Scranton Shakespeare Festival). TV: "Law & Order: SVU".
Jacob Fishel*: Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: King Lear, The Broken Heart (TFANA), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company), Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater), Macbeth (NYSF). Off-Off Broadway/Regional: Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep), Henry V, As You Like It (Two River Theater Company), Our American Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theatre), The Real Thing (Intiman Theatre Company), What Happened When (Rising Phoenix Rep). Television: Elementary, Cold Case, Medium, Without a Trace, Numb3rs. Film: A Night Without Armor, Across the Sea, How I Got Lost. Jacob is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre. In 2013, he received the Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award from the New York Shakespeare Society.
Lindsey Sagrera: is a native of Abbeville, Louisiana, and a recent graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company's Full-Time Conservatory. Credits include The Maids, A Streetcar Named Desire and By the Bog of Cats. She recently played Alice in Bye Alice, a new play by Theo Koch, dir. Ken Wolf at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Lola in Whipped, a new play by Hank H. Kim dir. Anna Michaels at Theater for the New City. @lindseysagrera on Instagram is a good time. www.lindseysagrera.com
Andrew Watkins (Adaptor and Director): Directing credits include: Miss Julie, Hedda Gabler, Dostoevsky's A Gentle Spirit, The Buck, True West, The Dumb Waiter, Before You Go, among others. Associate/assistant credits include: Broadway: Network (dir. Ivo van Hove), Franky and Johnny at the Claire de Lune; TFANA: The Winter's Tale, The Skin of Our Teeth, and their rotating rep productions of The Father and Doll's House, and was an invited participant in their 2016-17 Actor/Director project; Internationaal Theater Amsterdam/Ruhrtriennale Festival: The Things That Pass; The Guthrie: The Lion in Winter; Directing observer at the Schaubühne Berlin. Education: Fordham University Lincoln Center, BA Theatre Directing; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; London Dramatic Academy.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association
IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT's mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. For info visit http://irttheater.org/.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Office of Councilmember Corey Johnson and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York(A.R.T./New York)
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