Celebration at 14th Street Theater
(re:) Directions Theatre Company presents Celebration at 14th Street Theater from 27 Dec 2007 - 6 Jan 2008.
Celebration is a musical by the team behind The Fantasticks, Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (score).
An avant-garde fable set on New Year's Eve, it focuses on four characters: Orphan, an idealistic and cheerfully optimistic young man, in possession of the stained-glass eye of God, who reminds Edgar Allen Rich, a wealthy but jaded old man, of his younger self; Angel, a sweet entertainer who longs to be 'somebody'; and Potemkin, a Loki-like character who serves as narrator, commentator, and advisor.
Surrounding them are a chorus known as the Revelers, who take on various roles throughout the action of the play, a group masked by the impersonal industrialism of their society, obediently following the rich man's demands but secretly aiding the boy who sees and respects them as individuals.
Directed by Erin Smiley and choreographed by Jessica Redish, Celebration features Kristen Alberda (Reveler), Tom Berger (Potemkin), Nathan Bovos Reveler, George Croom (Mr. Rich), Ben Griessmeyer (Orphan), Liz Kimball (Reveler), Kristian Lazzaro (Reveler), Stefanie O'Connell (Angel), Kasey Williams (Reveler)
Joshua Robinson (Mr. Rich between 31 Dec - 3 Jan).
The design team comprises Blair Mielnik (sets), David Withrow (costumes) and Tim Kaufman (lighting).
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