Photo Flash: First Look at BoHo Theatre's Chicago Premiere of CYRANO
BoHo Theatre opens its 2018 season with the Chicago premiere of CYRANO, adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner, based on the play by Edmond Rostand, and directed by BoHo Artistic Affiliate Steve O'Connell. This sharp, lean, nine-person translation of the classic French love story keeps the poetry, but ditches the pretension to create a work full of energy, passion, and theatrical artistry.
Set in 17th century France, CYRANO tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul who is handicapped by a huge nose that makes him feel incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane. When he learns that Roxane and a handsome young soldier named Christian are infatuated with each other, he concocts a plan to pen beautiful love letters to her on Christian's behalf, leading to a tragic love triangle.This new adaptation is created by Philadelphia playwright Michael Hollinger(GHOST-WRITER, OPUS) and lauded director Aaron Posner (STUPID FUCKING BIRD, THE CHOSEN, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV) and directed bySteve O'Connell. The play's signature swordfighting will be created by fight choreographer Jon Beal. O'Connell's cast includes Michael B. Woods as Cyrano, Vahishta Vafadari as Roxane, Zach Livingston as Christian, with Stephen Peebles, Kristin Hammargren, Matty Robinson, Christina Gorman, Henry Greenberg, and Eleanor Katz. The production team includes Meg Love (producer), Patrick Ham (scenic design), G. Max Maxin (lighting design), Christina Leinecke (costume design), Joshua Wentz (sound design), Dalton Long (stage manager).
Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Michael B. Woods and ensemble
Michael B. Woods, Vahishta Vafadari
Michael B. Woods
Steve Peebles, Michael B. Woods