Michael Weller's Dark Fairytale JERICHO to Premiere at The Wild Project
The Attic Theater Company and Ted Caine will present the world premiere production of JERICHO, by Academy Award nominee (Ragtime) and Drama Desk award-winning playwright Michael Weller (Moonchildren), directed by artistic director Laura Braza (Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?).
JERICHO will play a four-week limited engagement at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009). Performances begin Saturday, January 20 and continue through Saturday, February 10, 2018. Opening Night is Thursday, January 25 (7:00 p.m.). $26 (includes $1 facility fee) tickets available at www.thewildproject.com.
Based on the play LILIOM by Hungarian master Ferenc Molnár (which inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel), JERICHO by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Michael Weller, revolves around the love affair between a scoundrel carousel barker and a maid at a Catholic Young Women's Inn. His confused violent passion and her simple unshakable devotion, form the combustible heart of this dark fairytale for grown-ups. Staying true to Molnár's marginal Budapest, Weller sets JERICHO at Coney Island during the Great Depression of the 1930s; a place and time when work was scarce, and life was a matter of desperate survival
Featuring Broadway veteran Stephanie Pope* (Pippin, Fosse, Chicago and Chicago National Tours, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly's Last Jam, The Will Rogers Follies, Sweet Charity, Big Deal), Ginna Doyle (An American Daughter and Orpheus in the Berkshires at Williamstown), Noelle Franco* (Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Center Stage; TV's Blue Bloods), Vasile Fluter (Tamburlaine at Theater for A New Audience), Jerzy Gwiazdowski* (Julie Taymor's Across the Universe), Erinn Holmes* (Disgraced at Fulton Theatre), Jamal James* (Shakespeare In Love at Baltimore Center Stage), Hannah Sloat* (War Horse on Broadway), and Jack Sochet* (Cora and Dave are Getting Older at EST, Word to the Action at The Public; TV's Gotham). *Appearing Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.
JERICHO is produced by Ted Caine, with scenic and prop design by Julia Noulin-Merat, lighting design by Daniel Chapman, and sound design by Matthew Fischer. Miriam Saltzman is the stage manager, and Mariah Pepper Berkowitz is the assistant stage manager.
For more about the show, visit www.theattictheaterco.com.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Laura Braza (Director) is the Artistic Director of the Attic Theater Company as well as a freelance director and teaching artist. NYC: Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, Moonchildren, Dark Rapture, Wonderful World, This One Time In Last Chance, The Time of Your Life, The Tutors, The Notebook of Trigorin, Strictly Dishonorable, the dreamer examines his pillow, and On The Verge (Or the Geography of Yearning) (all for The Attic Theater Company); Friend of the Devil and If I Were You (Harold Clurman Theater); work at NYMF, FringeNYC, Dixon Place, Atlantic Theater Company's Stage II, InGenius Theater Festival, and Sam French OOB. . Regional: Grounded, Souvenir, and the upcoming Always...Patsy Cline (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), The Dispute and If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Hangar Theater). She has also worked extensively as a guest director for both UNCSA and NYU/Tisch & Stella Adler. Drama League Directors Project Alumnus. Teaching Artist, UNCSA. BFA: NYU.
Michael Weller (Playwright) is the author of 40+ produced plays. Among his best known: Moonchildren, Loose Ends, Spoils of War, and Fifty Words. He is the author of the screenplays for Hair, Ragtime, Lost Angels and Spoils of War, and was a writer/producer on the television series Once and Again. He is currently developing a series called Dirty Laundry for Levinson-Fontana. A musical from the Boris Pasternak novel "Dr Zhivago", for which he wrote the book (Des McAnuff director, Lucy Simon music, Amy Powers and Michael Korie lyrics), opened on Broadway in April 2015, and his adaptation of the novel "The Fill Catastrophe" by David Carkeet, premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in July/August 2015 and his newest play, Ripe, is currently in preparation for production. Based on private mentoring throughout his career, he designed and developed the acclaimed Mentor Project for of the Cherry Lane Theatre, and served as it's first Supervising Mentor. His work has earned an Academy Award nomination, an N.A.A.C.P. Outstanding Contribution Award, Critics Outer Circle Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, and the Helen Merrill Award. The Broken Watch Theatre Company named their playhouse in his honor. He is President of the Writer's Guild Initiative, the Writers Guild of America East, and is a permanent member of the council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
THE ATTIC THEATER COMPANY stages classic plays and new works about brave people. By examining the past through stories found in the Attic, we ignite compassion and empathy in our audience, provoke dialogue, and examine the way we live our lives. It is our mission to create life for these plays through production, publication, readings and enrichment programs.