'Beowolf: The Rock Opera,' at the Irish Rep

The Irish Repertory Theater open their 2005-2006 season with the world premiere adaptation of Beowolf: The Rock Opera playing at the Irish Repertory Theater from the 7 Oct - 27 Nov 2005.

Lenny Pickett (Composer/Lyricist) and Lindsey Turner (Lyricist) have adapted this epic 6th century poem into a twenty first century ritualistic rock opera.

Fiery dragons, magic swords and severed heads populate this epic sixth century tale of Beowolf; a fierce and romantic young warrior who arrives on a foreign shore seeking to repay its king for saving his father's life. This brave and sometimes foolish young prince hopes to return the favor whilst enhancing his reputation and gaining treasure for his king. But first, the demon, Grendel and his monster-woman mother must be challenged and slaughtered! As Beowolf, mortally wounded is sent out to sea in a flaming funeral pyre, we hear the pure tones of a Celtic harpist relating his legend to the ages.

Beowolf: The Rock Opera's cast, directed by Charlotte Moore, features Richard Barth as the title character, Edwin Cahill, David Garry, Bill Daelin Gross, John Halbach, Jay Lusteck, Shaun R Parry and Jack Wadell.

Beowolf: The Rock Opera has set design by Akira Yoshimura, costumes by Randall Klein, lighting by Brian Nason and sound by Zachary Williamson. Musical direction by Mark Janus.

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