By Michael Weller
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Featuring Rebekah Brockman, Amy Crossman,Wayne Duvall, Lauriel Friedman, Annie Henk, Alex Hernandez, Darlene Hope, Joshua Everett Johnson, Andy Lucien, Austin Pendleton and Kristin Villanueva
Jericho is an adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 masterpiece Liliom, which was an international sensation and subsequently produced on Broadway in 1921. In 1939, Orson Welles performed the title role and directed a radio adaptation co-starring Helen Hayes and Agnes Moorehead. In 1940, a second American stage revival was produced in New York City, starring Burgess Meredith, Ingrid Bergman and Elia Kazan. Originally set in Budapest, the story centers around a cocky and charismatic carousel barker. Most famously, Molnár’s Liliom served as the inspiration for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, which moved the narrative out of Budapest and into Maine during the end of the 19th century. Jericho is Michael Weller’s attempt to locate Molnár’s story more accurately in an American time and place – depression era Coney Island – and to confront the notion of love expressed as violence.
Monday, December 19 at 7 pm
June Havoc Theatre
312 West 36th Street, First Floor
Admission is free but seating is limited.
With an eye towards production-ready scripts, The Ghostlight Reading Series provides an opportunity for writers, directors and collaborators to share the work with an audience before transitioning into production. By focusing on scripts that that reflect our social, political, historical and cultural diversity, Abingdon aims to become a destination for artists grappling with big questions.
A ghost light is defined as “an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark.” This new series aims to maximize usage of the two theaters onsite at Abingdon, the 98-seat June Havoc and the 56-seat Dorothy Strelsin, and energize the momentum of a new work.