T. Ryder Smith
(© Joseph Marzullo/ WENN)
T. Ryder Smith
(© Joseph Marzullo/ WENN)
Brendan Averett, Polly Noonan, Daniel Pearce, Alex Podulke, Keith Reddin, Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., T. Ryder Smith, Felix Solis Jr., Kate Turnbull, and Nicole Wiesner will star in the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play, to be presented by Epic Theatre Ensemble at the Irondale Center, April 27-May 30, with an opening on May 12. Mark Wing-Davey will direct.

Inspired by the historic festivals where everyday citizens came together to elevate their communities by staging the life and death of Christ, Passion Play transports audiences first to 16th century England, where Queen Elizabeth threatens to shut down a small town's production; then to Nazi Germany, where Adolf Hitler's arrival at the famous Oberammergau Passion Play influences the lives of its cast and finally to Spearfish, South Dakota in 1984, as a local production becomes a campaign stop for a famous actor-turned-President running for re-election.

The creative team will include Allen Moyer (scenic design), Gabriel Berry (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (sound design), and David Anzuelo (fight direction).

For more information, visit www.epictheatreensemble.org.