For Immediate Release: March 20, 2018
Contact: Rebecca Curtiss 617.496.2000 x8841 | 617.872.8254
American Repertory Theater Announces
Complete Casting and Creative Team for World Premiere Musical
Jagged Little Pill
Tickets Now On Sale for May 5 – July 15 Performances at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge
Images from March 19 rehearsal available for download at amrep.org/2pqqEpi.
Cambridge, MA—American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), under the leadership of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, announces complete casting and creative team for the world premiere musical Jagged Little Pill. The production begins previews on May 5, 2018 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA.
Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking album of the same name, the production features a book by Diablo Cody (Academy Award winner for her screenplay of Juno); music by Morissette and Glen Ballard; lyrics by Morissette; music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Next to Normal); and choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Olivier Award winner for Best New Dance Production for Puz/zle). A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus (Tony Award winner for A.R.T.’s Pippin as well as director of A.R.T.’s Waitress, Finding Neverland, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at A.R.T. and on Broadway) directs.
The world premiere musical Jagged Little Pill tells an original story about a family grappling with uncomfortable truths about many of the urgent issues deeply affecting our communities and our world today. It is inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning album that introduced beloved anthems including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand in My Pocket.”
The Jagged Little Pill cast features Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town and Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway) as Mary Jane; Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Steve; newcomer Celia Gooding as Frankie; Derek Klena (Anastasia and The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway) as Nick; and Lauren Patten (Fun Home on Broadway) as Jo.
Ensemble members include Jane Bruce, John Cardoza, Antonio Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Laurel Harris, Logan Hart, Max Kumangai, Soph Menas,Sean Montgomery, Nora Schell, Whitney Sprayberry, Kei Tsuruharatani, and Ebony Williams. Yeman Josiah Brown and Kelsey Orem are swings.
“A lot of people associate an empowering release of anger with Alanis Morissette’s music, but she is also so deeply interested in what it means to heal in the presence of other human beings, and that is what our musical is about,” says Paulus.
“This collaborative development process has been so electrifying and beautiful,” says Cody. “I’ve loved Alanis’ music since I was sixteen years old, and it is the ultimate privilege to work from it.”
“Working with this masterful creative team to develop Jagged Little Pill into a musical is a dream come true,” says Morissette. “These artists are expanding this music to tell a timely, breathtaking story with brazenness, vision, and complexity. I have been moved, honored, and changed by their collaborative hearts and powerful work.”
The Jagged Little Pill creative team includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Riccardo Hernandez (The White Card and twenty other productions at A.R.T., Indecent and others on Broadway); costume design by Emily Rebholz(Prometheus Bound at A.R.T., Dear Evan Hansen and others on Broadway); lighting design by Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend (The Blue Flower and others at A.R.T, American Psycho and others on Broadway); sound design by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans (Waitress and others at A.R.T. and on Broadway); and video/projection design by Tony Award winner Finn Ross(Crossing and others at A.R.T., The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and others on Broadway). Music direction is by Bryan Perri (Chaplin on Broadway and First National Tour of Next to Normal). Ira Mont is the production stage manager. Jagged Little Pill is presented by special arrangement with Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, and Eva Price.
Single tickets are now available online at americanrepertorytheater.org, by phone at 617.547.8300, and in person at the Loeb Drama Center Ticket Services Offices (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge). Tickets for $25 available, as well as discounts for subscribers, members, groups, students, seniors, Blue Star families, EBT card holders, and others.
May 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 20, 31
June 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29. 30
July 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
May 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 30
June 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30
July 1, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15
Press performance: May 23; invitations will be sent out in early May
ASL Interpreted performances: Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30PM and Sunday, June 17 at 2PM
Open Captioned performances: Thursday, June 14 at 7:30PM and Saturday, June 16 at 2PM
Audio Described performances: Friday, June 15 at 7:30PM and Saturday, June 16 at 2PM
ABOUT AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under the leadership of Paulus as the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director and Executive Producer Diane Borger, A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.
Throughout its history, A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed, and sixteen other Tony Awards since 2012; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards.
A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including a collaboration with Harvard’s Center for the Environment that will result in the development of new work over several years. Under Paulus’ leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has been an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.
As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, run in association with the Moscow Art Theatre School and the Harvard Extension School, offers graduate training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice. A.R.T. also plays a central role in Harvard’s newly launched undergraduate Theater, Dance, and Media concentration, teaching courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy.
Dedicated to making great theater accessible, A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area. Through all of these initiatives, A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.
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