Paradise Lost
A.R.T. Season
February 27, 2010 through March 20, 2010

Odets considered Paradise Lost to be the favorite of his plays. First produced by the Group Theatre in 1935, the play voices the suffering, hope, and shattered dreams of a country in the throes of financial crisis. Three-quarters of a century later, Americans are still wrestling the demons of nihilism and idealism, charity and greed, self-interest and compassion.

Visionary director Daniel Fish creates a bold new production of this powerful play that grabs hold of the American dream and asks if our optimism is a force for good or merely a delusion, a means of survival or one of escape.

Paradise Lost at the A.R.T.: 

Paradise Lost at the American Repertory Theater

Paradise Lost - now playing at the Loeb Drama Center. This American drama voices the anger and hope of a family struggling to find solid ground in a sinking economy.

written by Clifford Odets
directed by Daniel Fish
CAST  
LEO GORDON David Chandler
CLARA, his wife Sally Wingert
BEN, their son Hale Appleman
JULIE, their younger son T. Ryder Smith
PEARL, their daughter Therese Plaehn
GUS MICHAELS, a family friend Thomas Derrah
LIBBY MICHAELS, his daughter Merritt Janson
SAM KATZ, Leo’s partner Jonathan Epstein
BERTHA, his wife Adrianne Krstansky
KEWPIE Karl Bury
MR. PIKE, the furnace man Michael Rudko
MR. MAY T. Ryder Smith
FELIX Cameron Oro
PHIL FOLEY Remo Airaldi
NEWSPAPER MAN Anthony Gaskins
SCHNABEL, ROGO, LUCY, MILTON,
HOMELESS MEN, DETECTIVES
Ensemble
   
CREDITS  
DIRECTOR Daniel Fish
SCENIC DESIGN Andrew Lieberman
COSTUME DESIGN Kaye Voyce
LIGHTING DESIGN Scott Zielinski
SOUND DESIGN Clive Goodwin
VIDEO DESIGN Joshua Thorson
STAGE MANAGER Katherine Shea
VOICE AND SPEECH Nancy Houfek
DRAMATURGY Whitney Eggers
NEW YORK CASTING DIRECTOR Laura Stancyzk, CSA
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Allison Kline
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Amanda Robbins-Butcher
ASSISTANT DRAMATURG Sara Bookin-Weiner
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS Samson Quaintance

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"Clearly director Daniel Fish is far less interested in current relevance than he is in giving the audience complete access into the psychology of survival, the damage of major disappointment and the blurring of the line between doing good and being a martyr."

- Metro More

"The American Repertory Theater has dug up a buried treasure called 'Paradise Lost' and spiffed it up quite nicely.... Delivers a very satisfying reward." -Patriot Ledger More

"Paradise Lost is electric, shaking our winter slumber to awaken the untapped potential of the human spirit." -Boston Herald More

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Daniel Fish: "Someone once said to me that people who work in theater either got into the theater because of Brecht or because of American musicals. For me it was both." More

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For Immediate Release February 1, 2010Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@harvard.edu  American Repertory TheaterpresentsClifford Odets’s dramaParadise Lostdirected by Daniel FishFebruary...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kati MitchellApril 15, 2009 617-496-2000x8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory Theater Announces Three Festivals for 2009/10 Season: Festival #1 SHAKESPEARE...

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Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Pre-performance discussions:
Sun., Mar 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Post-performance discussions:
After every Saturday matinee.

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