The Libertine, by Stephen Jeffreys, at Theatre Row




Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company presents the comedy of manners, The Libertine, by Stephen Jeffreys, opening at Theatre Row's Kirk Theater on 8 Nov 2010, following prevews from 5 Nov and running through to 20 Nov 2010.

Based on the notorious rake of the Restoration age The Libertine tells the story of the flamboyant and scandalous John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, confidante of Charles II. Wilmot was an English poet, anti-monarchist Royalist, and an atheist who later converted to Christianity. The play centers on the moment his cynicism is confounded when he falls earnestly in love with an aspiring actress.

Directed by Eric Tucker, The Libertine will star Joseph W. Rodriguez as the Earl of Rochester, and will feature Playhouse Creatures Theatre company members Libby Arnold, Eric Doss and Patricia Duran.

The company also includes Tom O'Keefe, Ross Hurwitz, Jessica Love, Claire Warden and Harry Oram.

Joseph W. Rodriguez, Producing Artistic Director and lead actor, said "We are looking forward to going on the journey that is The Libertine. It's exciting, fresh, rarely produced; and the language is a delightful gift to actors and audience alike." -Joseph W. Rodriguez, Producing Artistic Director.

The production features scenic design by Laura Taber Bacon , lighting design by Les Dickert and costume design by Angela Huff.

London born Stephen Jeffreys other works include 'The Clink,' 'A Going Concern,' 'A Jovial Crew' and 'Lost Land.' He also wrote the screenplay to the film version of "The Libertine," starring Johnny Depp.