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AH, WILDERNESS!, begins perfs. on 1/25 & opening on 1/26 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:15 pm EST 12/11/18

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTION

BLACKFRIARS REPERTORY THEATRE AND THE STORM THEATRE PRESENT
A REVIVAL OF THE BROADWAY CLASSIC

AH, WILDERNESS!

WRITTEN BY EUGENE O'NEILL

DIRECTED BY PETER DOBBINS

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JANUARY 25

OPENING NIGHT IS JANUARY 26 at 7:30pm

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 17

AT THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT & CULTURE
BLACK BOX THEATER
(18 Bleecker Street)

www.sheencenter.org

Blackfriars Repertory Theatre and the Storm Theatre presents a new production of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness!, directed by Peter Dobbins (The Rainmaker), it was announced today. Performances begin on January 25 for a run through February 17 in the Black Box Theater at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street). Opening night is set for January 26 at 7:30pm.

Ah, Wilderness! is a classic American comedy about the trials and tribulations of a young man and his loving family in a small Connecticut town on July 4, 1906. Richard, adolescent son of the local newspaper publisher, Nat Miller, has been forbidden to court his neighbor Muriel by the girl's father, due to his "radical ideas". Crestfallen, he then goes on a drinking spree and falls under the influence of Belle, whom he tries to impress but whose worldly ways frighten him. Can the young man be put on the right path by those around him?

Playwright Eugene O'Neill described Ah, Wilderness! as "A Nostalgic Comedy of the Ancient Days when Youth was Young, and the Right was Right, and Life was a Wicked Opportunity." The play is a poetic yearning for the happy childhood O'Neill never had.

The cast of Ah, Wilderness! features Peter Calvin Atkinson (Measure for Measure/League of Independent Theater), Sean Cleary (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers/National Tour), Ken Trammel ("Entourage"/HBO; Linnea and Time of Your Life/Storm Theatre), Lynn Laurence (Our Town/Barrow Street Theatre), Ted McGuinness (The Believers/Storm Theatre), Renée Petrofes (Three Sisters/Brooklyn Rep), Jim Haines (The Rainmaker/Storm Theatre), Megan McDevitt (Newsies/Media Theatre), Heather Olson (Dark Horse/Black Forest), Natalie Pavelek (Collaborators/Storm Theatre), Mark J Quiles (The Fight/Storm Theatre), Hugh Sinclair (Irreversible/Red Fern Theatre), Marshall Taylor Thurman (Dog Sees God/Times Square Art Center), and Douglas Wann (Long Lost John).

Ah, Wilderness! features scenic design by Daniel Prosky, costume design by Sarah Thea Craig, lighting design by Michael Abrams, and sound design by Ian Werhle. Fleur Alys Dobbins is the Assistant Director and Kristen Delahanty is the stage manager.

Outside of the Eugene inspired character of Richard Miller, the rest of family presented in Ah, Wilderness! is modeled, not so much on the O'Neill's, but on the family of Ah, Wilderness! Eugene's childhood friend, Art McGinley. The McGinley family, loving and devoted to one another, was admired and envied by both O'Neill and his famous actor father, two rarely in agreement. "Ah, Wilderness! can be seen as a direct contrast to the family portrait of O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night," said director Peter Dobbins. It offers a tender, retrospective vision of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.We look forward to audiences discovering the play in new ways."


Ah, Wilderness! plays at The Sheen Center in The Black Box Theater (18 Bleecker Street). Performances are Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm. There is a special Sunday matinee added on February 17 at 2pm. Opening night is January 26 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30. Tickets/reservations for all events at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture are available online at SheenCenter.org, by phone at 212-925-2812, and in-person at The Sheen Center box office (Monday through Friday 11am to 5pm and one hour before shows).

Blackfriars Repertory Theatre, an apostolate of the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, was founded in 1998 by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., as a revival of Blackfriars Theatre (1940-1972) -- the first professional religious theatre ever tried in New York City and the oldest continuous Off-Broadway theatre in American stage history. Blackfriars provided the proverbial great first break to several acclaimed theatre artists including playwright Robert Anderson, and actors Geraldine Page, Eileen Heckart, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Darren McGavin, and Shelley Berman. Like the original Blackfriars, Blackfriars Rep carries on the mission of "producing plays of artistic merit that reflect the spiritual nature of man and his eternal destiny." In its twenty years of existence, Blackfriars Repertory Theatre has staged over twenty-five productions in New York City, regionally, and on tour in its commitment to "theatre dedicated to the human drama."

The Storm Theatre is an Off-Broadway company committed to offering a mix of world premieres, established classics, and reviving forgotten theatrical treasures for today's audiences. Founded in 1997, the non-profit is celebrating its 22nd season with its third production at the Sheen Center. The New York Times named The Storm Theatre's 2012 season as one of the "12 most galvanizing offerings of the year." For more information, please visit www.stormtheatre.com.

Peter Dobbins (director) is a cofounding member and Producing Artistic Director of The Storm Theatre Company since its inception. Last spring he directed The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, and the prior spring directed Death Comes For The War Poets by Joseph Pearce. Both at The Sheen Center. Dobbins' other directing credits include: T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral; Dion Boucicault's The Shaughraun and Arrah~na~Pogue; Stewart Parker's Spokesong; William Shakespeare's As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night; The Karol Wojtya (Pope John Paul II) Festival, including The Jeweler's Shop, Jeremiah, and Our God's Brother.

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (www.sheencenter.org) is a New York City arts center located in NoHo that presents a vibrant mix of theater, film, music, art and talk events. An initiative of the Archdiocese of New York, The Sheen Center serves all New Yorkers by presenting performances and artists that reflect the true, the good, and the beautiful. Named for the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best remembered as an inspirational author, radio host and two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality, The Sheen Center reflects his modern-day approach to contemporary topics. The Sheen Center is a state-of-the-art theater complex that includes the 273-seat off-Broadway Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition TV and live-stream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat off-off-Broadway Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery.
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