Edgar Lee Masters' epic work, The Spoon River Anthology, receives an all-new production, of unprecedented scale and scope, conceived & directed Jimmy Maize, with music by Eli Zoller, choreography by Jon Cooper & Marine Sialelli, and music direction by Ethan Wagner, and featuring a cast of one-hundred performers, with two special limited engagements: April 18 – 21 at The Riverside Theatre (91 Claremont Avenue located inside the Riverside Church between 120th and 122nd Streets), in association with Columbia University School of the Arts; and April 24 – 28 at the Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen Street in Brooklyn).
In Jimmy Maize's sweeping re-imagining of Edgar Lee Masters' seminal 1915 book of poetry, a cast of one-hundred brings to life the collection of epitaphs that vividly depict life in the fictional Midwestern town of Spoon River, as told from the perspective of its deceased residents. Maize's epic adaptation incorporates live music, and dance, giving new life to the innovative spirit of Masters' work and updating it for contemporary audiences.
This extraordinary staging will feature Sophie Amoss, Will Arbery, Elissa Aron, Michael Barringer, Andrew Belcher, Sloan Bradford, Michael Brahce, Katie Broad, Clare Brower, Sheyenne Javonne Brown, Kevin Bunge, MariAnna Caldwell, Christian Caldwell, Juan Cardenas, Michael Cicetti, Yvonne Cone, Hannah Corrigan, Zoe Costello, Rachel Craw, Will Dagger, Meghan Dalton, Shea Davies, Paul Eddy, Abby Eletz, Benjamin Fisher, Rohan Flinn, David Gautschy, Matthew Gehring, Jonathan Gordon, Megan Grace, Nate Grams, Anna Greenfield, Kate Gunther, Eddie Gutierrez, Logan James Hall, Joseph Dale Harris, Anna Hendrick, Su Hendrickson, Leah Henoch, Kate Hopkins, Jacqui Jarrold, BranDon Jones, Anna Konkle, Daniel Kurtz, Kristie Larson, Joanna Levinger, Andrew Lynch, Leemore Malka, Charlie Mann, Amanda Lea Mason, Molly McAdoo, Katie Melby, Helyn Messenger, Melissa Mickens, Ambien Mitchell, Christine Mottram, Sean PatRick Murray, Javan Nelson, Kyle Nesbit, Chelsea Niven, Greg Nussen, Sean O'Hagan, Anastasia Olowin, Juliette Pannone, Jose Paz, Adam Petchel, Duncan Pflaster, Alexandra Pucci, Edward Raube-Wilson, Keith Reed, Sam Reeder, Miguel Reis, Rachel Richman, Michael Rosengarten, Bertrand Roy, Patrick Scheid, Sandra Schneider, Dana Scurlock, Nadia Sepsenwol, Phillip Shinn, Franny Silverman, Jeri Silverman, Brendan Sokler, Elise Sokolow, Gianmarco Soresi, Ryan Stinnett, Erica Swindell, Andy Talen, Chanel Thomas, Sarah Todes, Kelsey Torstveit, Max Waszak, and Jeffrey A. Wisniewski.
There will be a special Talkback panel with Moisés Kaufman (Tectonic Theater Project) and the artists following the performance on Friday, April 20 at The Riverside Theatre.
The creative team includes Mikaela Liakata (Scenic Consultant), Abigail Hahn (Costumes), David Bengali (Lights), and Matthew Kagen (Producer). The Production Stage Manager is Aislinn Curry.
The Spoon River Anthology performance schedule is, as follows:
91 Claremont Avenue (located inside the Riverside Church between 120th and 122nd Streets)