April 23 – May 29, 2005 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 1 hour and 40 minutes

A world premiere

The year is 1861. Herve Joncour buys and sells silkworms for a living. His small French town depends on him for its livelihood. Each year, Joncour travels to exotic locations around the world to acquire the silkworms. But one year, an epidemic strikes silkworms all over the world. Or nearly the whole world. There’s still Japan. And that is where Joncour journeys, to meet a wealthy village lord and his beautiful young mistress. There he will find what he’s looking for, and so much more.

Mary Zimmerman, known for her visually thrilling productions from exotic texts such as The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Metamorphoses, for which she won a Tony Award, will adapt this erotically charged novel for the stage.

 

 
Artists

Adapted by and Directed by MARY ZIMMERMAN, Based on the Novel by ALESSANDRO BARICCO

Cast

RYAN ARTZBERGER - Hervé Joncour
COLLEEN DELANY - Hélène
JOE DEMPSEY - Ensemble
CHRISTOPHER DONAHUE - Narrator
GLENN FLESHLER - Baldabiou
ANDRE ING - Ensemble
DENICE LEE - Ensemble
TOHORU MASAMUNE - Hara Kei
ELAINE YUKO QUALTER - The Woman in Japan
LISA TEJERO - Madame Blanche
PHILIP WHITE - The Boy

Creative Team and Crew

SCOTT BRADLEY - Scenic Design
MARA BLUMENFELD  - Costume Design
T.J. GERCKENS - Lighting Design
ANDRE J. PLUESS and BEN SUSSMAN - Original Music and Sound Design
ADAM BELCUORE - Chicago Casting
JOSEPH DRUMMOND - Production Stage Manager
T. PAUL LYNCH - Stage Manager