Casting Announced For The West Coast Premiere Of THE JUNGLE At The Curran
Carole Shorenstein Hays and Sonia Friedman Productions with Tom Kirdahy announced today the casting for the West Coast Premiere of the Good Chance Theatre, National Theatre and Young Vic production of THE JUNGLE by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson at San Francisco's Curran.
Set in Europe's largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people, THE JUNGLE received wide-acclaim during its sold-out engagements in London and New York. Under the direction of Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, the limited engagement begins Tuesday March 26, 2019 and will run through Sunday, May 19, 2019. Opening night is Thursday, April 4, 2019. Tickets for THE JUNGLE are $25-$165 and are available now for existing Curran subscribers.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 and will be available at SFCURRAN.com/jungle. $25 day-of rush tickets to THE JUNGLE will be made available through a partnership with TODAY TIX.
The company is made up of actors from around the world, including actors from refugee backgrounds, some of whom came through the Jungle. The cast includes Alexander Devrient, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Trevor Fox, Yasin Moradi, Jonathan Nyati, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Dominic Rowan, Mohamed Sarrar, Milan Tajmiri, Ben Turner, and Nahel Tzegai all of whom transfer from the West End and St. Ann's Warehouse. Further casting to be announced at a later date.
Less than three years after its massive and historic renovation, Curran's 1600 seat proscenium theater will once again undergo a remarkable transformation in order to house THE JUNGLE's 360° staging and designer Miriam Buether's award-winning set. Audiences will inhabit the world of the Afghan café in the Calais camp, with the mezzanine allowing unique views over the performance space. This extraordinary transformation will reduce the capacity of the theater to an intimate 600 seats.
Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle - the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café. Take a seat where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality, amidst squalor and danger. This "devastating, uplifting show" (The Guardian) is "a story we need to hear" (Time Out London).
Alexander Devrient is from Germany and Lebanon. His theatre credits include: Die Entuhrung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne); L'Avare (European Tour); Twelfth Night (Greenwich Playhouse); Silent Chalk (Old Theatre Royal Bath); The Tragedy of Soliman & Perseda (Rose Theatre Bankside). Film includes: The Danish Girl, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Television includes: Genius: Picasso, SS-GB, Das Institut, Emmerdale, Le Bureau des Legendes and Alarm fur Cobra 11.
Trevor Fox is from Britain. Theatre credits include: Macbeth, Common (National Theatre); People, Places & Things (Headlong/National Theatre tour); Amedee (Birmingham Rep); The Tempest, Cymbeline, The Oresteia, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gabriel, Coriolanus, Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare's Globe); King Lear, Children's Children (Almeida Theatre); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Apollo). His film credits include: Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason; Gabriel & Me; Billy Elliot.
Ammar Haj Ahmad is from Syria. Theatre credits include: Returning to Haifa (Finborough); LOVE (National Theatre/ Birmingham Repertory); Goats/Told From the Inside (Royal Court); Kan Yama (Cockpit Theatre). His film credits include: London Tomorrow; ALEGNA; Wall; Round Trip; Wada'an; Monologue. His television work includes: Agatha Raisin; Letters from Baghdad.
Yasin Moradi is a Kung Fu Master from Iran. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and was a lecturer in sport at universities in Iran. He has been in the UK for 2 and a half years. His Kung Fu work includes: National Iranian Kung Fu Team and regular performances at the National Kung Fu Festival of Iran and the Tehran Kung Fu Show. Teacher of Kung Fu at Good Chance, Calais, and Encampment, South Bank Centre. His theatre work includes: Encampment (Southbank Centre), Hope Shows (Good Chance Calais). Belarus Free Theatre (Leicester), Migration Festival (Leicester). As part of the theatre ensemble Psyche Delight Yasin has toured internationally performing the show Borderline at the 10th International Theatre Festival of Kerala in India, Denmark Theatre Festival and the Pleasance Theatre, London.
Jonathan Nyati is Congolese. Theatre credits include: Hotel (National Theatre); Promise (Belgrade Theatre); Love is Not Enough, Will Today Ever End (Tricycle Theatre). His television work includes: Bodyguard, Doctors.
John Pfumojena is from Zimbabwe. Theatre credits include: No One Is An Island (Tangle International); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Globe); Bent, Peter Pan (National Theatre); I Am Thomas (National Theatre of Scotland); Beasty Baby (Polka Theatre); Now You See Me (Immediate Theatre); Dream (Ignite Africa Festival); Riots (Chickenshed Theatre); Water, Bread and Salt, Dream Nation, Workshop Negative (Tangle International).
Rachel Redford is from Wales. Theatre credits include: The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange); Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre); Closer (Donmar Warehouse); A Ghost From A Perfect Place (Arcola); Adler & Gibb (Royal Court); Not The Worst Place (Sherman Theatre/Theatr Clwyd); Parallel Lines (Chapter Arts Centre); A Family Affair (Sherman Theatre); The Acid Test, Blue Stockings, King Lear (RADA). Her film credits include: Testament Of Youth, The Riot Club and Nights.
Dominic Rowan is from Britain. Theatre credits include: A Woman Of No Importance, Stepping Out (Vaudeville Theatre); Winter Solstice (Orange Tree Theatre); Giving (Hampstead Theatre); The Tempest, Measure For Measure, Henry VIII, A New World, As You Like It (The Globe); The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic); Medea, Happy Now?, Dream Play, Iphigenia At Aulis, Mourning Becomes Electra, Three Sisters, The Talking Cure, Private Lives (National Theatre); A Doll's House (Young Vic/Duke of York's Theatre/BAM New York); The Village Bike, Way To Heaven, Forty Winks (Royal Court).
Mohamed Sarrar is a musician from Sudan. He has been in the UK for two years. His theatre includes: The Welcoming Party (Theatre Rights International Festival, Manchester), Encampment (Southbank Centre), Hope Shows (Good Chance Calais). As part of the theatre ensemble Psyche Delight, Mohamed has toured internationally performing the show Borderline at The Cockpit, Brighton Fringe Festival, the Migration Museum in London, Migrants Matter in Sheffield, Platforma Arts in Newcastle and Stockton, Freedom of Movement Festival in Berlin, Action Moon Star in Black Forest Germany and Bridewell Theatre in London, The 10th International Theatre Festival of Kerala in India, Denmark Theatre Festival and Pleasance Theatre, London.
Milan Tajmiri is a musician from Iran. The Jungle is his professional acting debut.
Ben Turner is British Iranian. Theatre credits include: Soldier's Fortune (Young Vic); The Kite Runner, As You Like It (Wyndham's/UK tour);The Iliad (Royal Lyceum); Maiden Voices From The Uprising (Royal Court); Richard II, Caligula (Donmar Warehouse); Awake And Sing (Almeida); Measure For Measure/Habeus Corpus (UK Tour); The Merchant Of Venice (RSC world tour). His film work includes: Six Days, 300: Rise Of An Empire, The Fifth Estate, Adulthood, Syriana. His television work has included: The Coroner, WPC 56, Death In Paradise, Casualty, The Bill, Dr. Who, Love Soup.
Nahel Tzegai is from Eritrea. Theatre credits include: How It Ended (Bush Theatre); Ring (BAC); The Ship's Name (Royal Court); You Are Currently The Highest Bidder, Block 9, Virtually Real (Roundhouse).