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WAR HORSE Announces PPAC Engagement, 6/5-9

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Producers Bob Boyett and The National Theatre of Great Britain have announced full casting for the upcoming Providence engagement of the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Play, War Horse. The company, comprised of more than 30 performers, includes Alex Morf as Albert Narracott, Brian Keane as Arthur Narracott, Michael Wyatt Cox as Billy Narracott, Todd Cerveris as Ted Narracott, Angela Reed as Rose Narracott, Jason Loughlin as Lieutenant James Nicholls, and Mat Hostetler as Private Schnabel.

War Horse plays at PPAC June 5 - 9, 2013 and is part of the Taco/The White Family Foundation Broadway Series.
Also featured in the cast are Michael Stewart Allen, Mairi Babb, Harlan Bengel, Brooks Brantly, Brian Robert Burns, Adam Cunningham, Grayson DeJesus, Brandon Drea, Catherine Gowl, Aaron Haskell, Mike Heslin, Jon Hoche, David Hurwitz, Chad Jennings, Nathan Koci, Jessica Krueger, Nick LaMedica, Rob Laqui, Megan Loomis, Christopher Mai, Gregory Manley, Andrew May, John Milosich, Patrick Osteen, Jon Riddleberger, Lavita Shaurice, and Danny Yoerges.
The winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, War Horse has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide and is currently playing at in London's West End and on tour across North America. Future productions of War Horse are planned for Australia, Berlin and South Africa, as well as a UK Tour. It also played at the NYC's Vivan Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center and Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre.

The tour of War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Michael Morpurgo's novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's feature film of the same name, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Hailed by The New York Times as "theatrical magic," War Horse is the powerful story of young Albert's beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls "spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate," Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man's land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

In addition to Best Play, War Horse received Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.
War Horse received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National's Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to The National Theatre for a second run playing from in 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End's New London Theatre in Spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run.
The lead producers of the National Tour of War Horse are Bob Boyett and The National Theatre of Great Britain.
For more information, please visit warhorseonstage.com orwww.ppacri.org
The performance schedule for War Horse in Providence is:

Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30P
Thursday, June 6 at 1P & 7:30P
Friday, June 7 at 7:30P
Saturday, June 8 at 2P & 8P
Sunday, June 9 at 1P & 6:30P

Tickets are on sale now at the PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), online at www.ppacri.org, and by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787). Tickets are $78 - $28; all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice.


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