Jana Robbins and Craig Haffner will present industry-only staged readings presentations of The Jazz Age, a new play by Allan Knee (FINDING NEVERLAND, LITTLE WOMEN).
Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre... burned up the world in a fury of passion, friendship and beauty. Fueled by the pulsating beat of an onstage jazz band, playwright Allan Knee's provocative new play fuses music, literature and art to reveal the thrilling yet tragic story of these three legends. They were young. They were driven. They were decadent. They were The Jazz Age.
Presentations are set for March 8 at 3:00PM and March 9 at 11:00AM.
The reading features Kieran Campion (THE AMERICAN PLAN) as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Schrieber (DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS) as Ernest Hemingway and Hannah Yelland (BRIEF ENCOUNTER) as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. The show’s creative team currently includes musical scoring by Steve Orich (JERSEY BOYS), movement consultant Mark Stuart (WOMEN ON THE VERGE), scenic design by Derek McLane, casting by Laura Stanzcyk, CSA and stage manager Peter Lawrence. The presentations will be directed by Jana Robbins.
Allan Knee is the author of the play, THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN, which was the basis for the film FINDING NEVERLAND (starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslett). He is currently working on a musical adaptation of the film (music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie) for The Weinstein Company, which is looking to open this season in the West End. He wrote the book for the Broadway musical, LITTLE WOMEN (music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein), starring Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern. Among his other works are the romantic dance drama, SYNCOPATION, which won an American critics theater award, and is currently touring Australia; SHMULNIK’S WALTZ (music by David Shire), SANTA ANITA ’42, and A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM, about the life of Edgar Allan Poe. For PBS he wrote the four-part adaptation of THE SCARLET LETTER. In independent film, he has written, ESTHER’S DIARY, for Bright Shining City Productions, and is currently working on FILM NOIR, for FilmNoir Productions. Allan is a graduate of the Yale Drama School.