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OFF-BROADWAY FAMILY THEATRE DEBUTS OCT 22 WITH ADAPTATION OF C.S. LEWIS’ CLASSIC
“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”
Saturday Performances at 11 AM
begin October 22nd at St. Luke’s Theatre
Photo: J. Beardsley
Off-Broadway Family Theatre will present its inaugural production of C.S. Lewis’ well-loved tale “THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE” beginning Saturday, October 22nd at 11 AM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (west of 8th Avenue), NYC.
In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia, two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Through the magic of theatre, we travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch. As the children battle the forces of evil they discover that Love is the deepest magic of all.
Dramatized by leClanché du Rand, the play features Andrew Fortman and Erin Layton playing children, beavers, fauns, wicked witches and mythic lions, all under the direction of Julia Beardsley O’Brien. Set and lighting design is by Josh Iacovelli with costumes and masks by Tom Long.
Off-Broadway Family Theatre provides quality theatrical experiences for family audiences by presenting both new and classic plays targeted towards children while still appealing to adults.
“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE” is its inaugural production. Ms. O’Brien said “We invite our audience to use its imagination. There is no fake snow or audience participation. Instead we create a ‘magic circle’ in the theatre. When the actors are INSIDE the circle, they are SHOWING you the story as it comes to life. When the actors step OUTSIDE the circle, they are TELLING you the story. Join us for our re-telling of this beloved magical classic.”
Director Julia Beardsley O'Brien’s NY directing credits include “The Rise of Dorothy Hale” (Assistant Director); the National Tour of “Gilligan's Island, the Musical” (assistant director); “Mad Forest” (QED Productions), “True Story Project: Faith” (Visible Theatre), and “Clucky, the Brave Little Hen” (Visible Theatre/Stone Barns Center). She has also worked as the Education Director for a non-profit theatre, a teaching artist for various organizations, and is an Off-Broadway Producer and General Manager with Jessimeg Productions.
Performances of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE now running on Saturdays at 11 AM, added performance on Friday, November 25 at 11 AM, no performance on December 24. Playing at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, west of 8th Avenue, NYC. Tickets at $35 are available through www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Running time is 45 minutes and the show is most suitable for children age six and older.
Susan L. Schulman/Publicity (212) 921-4344