Red Bull Theater has announced casting for its New York premiere of The Metromaniacs by David Ives. Michael Kahn directs the production, which runs April 10-May 26 at the Duke on 42nd Street. The comedy is inspired by Alexis Piron's French farce La Métromanie.
Featured in the company are Noah Averbach-Katz, Christian Conn, Adam Green, Peter Kybart, Adam LeFevre, Amelia Pedlow, and Dina Thomas.
In the play, "It's springtime in Paris, 1738. Metromania, the poetry craze, is all the rage. Damis, a young, would-be poet with a serious case of verse-mania falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton, Meriadec de Peaudoncqville (say it). She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman (yes, that's right) with a touch of the mania himself — looking to unload his sexy but dimwitted daughter — who also just happens to be cuckoo for couplets. Soon scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy 'transladaptation' of a rediscovered French farce by comedic master David Ives."
The Metromaniacs will have set design by James Noone, costume design by Murell Horton, lighting design by Betsy Adams, sound design by Matt Stine, and original music composed by Adam Wernick.
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