Photo Flash: First Look at FUTURITY At The Wilbury Theatre Group
The Wilbury Theatre Group continues its record-breaking 2018/19 season with the Rhode Island premiere of the avant-americana musical by César Alvarez and The Lisps, Futurity, December 6-23, 2018.
Originally commissioned by the Walker Center for the Arts and developed in performances at Boston's American Repertory Theatre and New York's SohoRep, Futurity was hailed as a groundbreaking work in the musical theatre by critics and audiences alike. Winner of the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, Futurity is the electrifying story-concert of Julian, a Civil War soldier with dreams for a technical utopia, and Ada Lovelace, a mathematician thousands of miles away. Together they team up to create a machine to end one of the darkest periods in our history.
Directed for The Wilbury Group by Brien Lang with musical direction by Milly Massey and featuring an army of 12 actor/musicians including Alexander Platt as Julian and Meg Sullivan as Ada Lovelace, Futurity has been called "the musical for people who don't like musicals" (The Economist), "positively gasp-worthy" (Theatre Mania), and "some of the most lovely and inventive music you can hear...folk-inflected ballads and anthems that manage to sound both entirely contemporary and eerily of the past." (New York Times).
"To call Futurity simply a 'musical' would be an understatement," said Wilbury Artistic Director Josh Short. "What César and The Lisps have created is one of the rarest of experiences in the theatre. This is a piece that, not unlike Hamilton, challenges our understanding of what theatre can be. The Wilbury Group is honored to be the first company outside of César's direction to produce this show, and under the steady hand of Brien and Milly and this brilliant cast and creative team we've assembled I can't wait to share it with audiences."