"Real and moving"
– CENTERSTAGE

March 13 – April 18, 2010 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 30 minutes

A world premiere and Goodman Theatre commission

The devastating Johnstown flood of 1889 serves as the backdrop for this provocative world premiere by Rebecca Gilman. The Baxter Theatre Troupe—namely siblings James, Richard and Fanny—has been summoned to perform at a tiny resort next to a beautiful man-made lake in the Pennsylvania mountains. Although the troupe’s repertoire consists of the romantic trifles typical of the era, brother James envisions a different kind of play, exposing the true struggles of common people.  When a violent rainstorm compromises the shoddily constructed dam that holds back the lake, the resulting disaster lays bare the tragic inequities of the rigid class system—and paves the way for a seismic change in both theater and society.

 

 
Artists

By REBECCA GILMAN, Directed by ROBERT FALLS

Cast

JANET ULRICH BROOKS - Mrs. Lippincott / Lithuanian Woman / Clara Barton / Actress
CLIFF CHAMBERLAIN - Richard
SARAH CHARIPAR - Colleen
STEPHEN LOUIS GRUSH - James
LUCAS HALL - Walter
CEDRIC MAYS - Nathan
RANDALL NEWSOME - Fisherman / Lithuanian Man / Porter / Mill Worker / Mr. Barrett / Reporter / Actor
HEATHER WOOD - Fanny

Creative Team and Crew

WALT SPANGLER - Scenic Design
ANA KUZMANIC - Costume Design
JAMES F. INGALLS - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY- Sound Design and Original Music
NEENA ARNDT  and TANYA PALMER - Dramaturgs
ADAM BELCUORE - Chicago Casting
TELSEY + COMPANY - New York Casting
ALDEN VASQUEZ - Production Stage Manager
JAMIE WOLFE - Stage Manager