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Spill, About BP Oil Spill, Announces Casting at Ensemble Studio Theatre

Leigh Fondakowski writes and directs the new testimonial play.

Leigh Fondakowski writes and directs Spill at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Leigh Fondakowski writes and directs Spill at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
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Ensemble Studio Theatre, in association with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has announced casting for its upcoming production of Spill, written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski. Performances will run March 8-April 2 with an official March 16 opening at EST’s Curt Dempster Theatre.

Spill is based on the events surrounding the 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Created from interviews, testimony, court documents, and media accounts collected in the aftermath of the spill, the play follows the story of the 2010 explosion on board the oilrig Deepwater Horizon and the devastating impact of the 87-day spill on the coastal communities and marine life of Louisiana.

The EST cast will feature Michael Cullen (Exit Strategy), Vince Gatton (The Temperamentals), Alex Grubbs (SeaWife), Molly McAdoo (Kansas City Choir Boy), Maurice McRae (Collapse), Ronald Alexander Peet (Kentucky), Kelli Simpkins (I Think I Like Girls), and Greg Steinbruner (Light, A Dark Comedy).

The creative team includes scenic design by Sarah Lambert, lighting design by Nick Francone, costume design by Suzanne Chesney, sound design by Lee Kinney, projection design by David Bengali, and original compositions by Gary Grundei.

Spill premiered at Swine Palace in Baton Rouge in 2015, and was subsequently performed at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago in 2016.

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