Full cast and creative team have been announced for The Wilma Theater's production of Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, September 17-October 19. Blanka Zizka will direct this work, which spans the years 1968-1990 from the double perspective of Prague, Czechoslovakia, where a rock 'n' roll band comes to symbolize resistance to the Communist regime, and of Cambridge, England, where the verities of love and death are shaping the lives of three generations in the family of a Marxist philosopher.
The show will star Barnaby Carpenter (Jan), David Chandler (Max), and Kate Eastwood Norris (Eleanor/Esme), along with Mark Cairns, Julie Czarnecki, Ryan Farley, Victoria Frings, Mary McCool, Jered McLenigan, Seth Reichgott, and Libby Woodbridge. The creative team features Matthew Saunders (sets), Oana Botez-Ban (costumes), Joshua L. Schulman (lighting), and Andrea Sotzing (sound).
The Wilma season will continue with the U.S. premiere of Schmucks (December 3-January 4), a comic fantasy by Roy Smiles that tells of a fictitious meeting between Groucho Marx and Lenny Bruce; the Philadelphia premiere of Scorched (February 25-March 29), a Middle East-set drama from Lebanese-born playwright Wajdi Mouawad; and the Philadelphia premiere of Terry Johnson's Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy, Hysteria (May 13-June 14), based on an historical meeting between Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí.
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