CHILDREN OF EDEN, The Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn Playhouse, 06/16/2017-07/01/2017

Show: CHILDREN OF EDEN
Theater: The Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn Playhouse
Theater Website: http://www.barnplayhouse.org
Show runs: 06/16/2017 to 07/01/2017

The Dramateurs continue their 2017 season with the Stephen Schwartz musical CHILDREN OF EDEN. Performances begin June 16 and continue June 17, 23, 24, 30 and July 1 at 8:00 pm. There is also a matinee peformance June 25 at 2:00 pm.

Children of Eden casts the beloved biblical stories of Genesis through the personal lens of family. The musical starts with the very beginning: the creation of the universe. “Father” breathes life into his children, Adam and Eve, and learns that the hardest part of being a loving Father is letting go. It’s a lesson that translates into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth and is reiterated once again as Noah parents his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. This joyous and inspiring musical, from Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, celebrates the difficulty of choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning, and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face the consequences.

According to musicalschwartz.com, Children of Eden is Stephen Schwartz’s favorite of his own shows. “I think the work of which I am most proud is Children of Eden, for several reasons,” Schwartz said in an interview. “To begin with, I think it’s my best score musically. It also contains the song that is maybe my personal favorite of my songs from a purely visceral point of view, “Stranger to the Rain”, a song that embodies how I feel about parenting (which is very important to me), “The Hardest Part of Love”, and above all, the song that most most espouses my philosophy of life and which, if I had one song to be remembered by, is the one I would choose: “In the Beginning”. There are more of the themes that I return to over and over – personal responsibility, rebellion, intellectual independence, as well as overcoming family dysfunctions — in this work than in any of my other shows. And I am proud of the fact that I kept working on the show after its initial failure in its London premiere, so that it has become a viable and often performed piece that I know will live on after I’m gone.”

Tickets for the Dramateurs’ production are $20, with a $2 discount for seniors (65 and over) and students. Reservations may be made online at the theater’s website: www.barnplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at (610) 539-BARN.

CAST and STAFF
Cast
Tom Lamphere as Father
Steve Carrasco as Adam/Noah
Zoe Muller as Eve/Mama Noah
Brandon Lee as Cain/Japheth
Chris Diaz as Abel/Ham
Brandon Commo as Seth/Shem
Molly Hofstaedter as Yonah
Maddi Sloan as Aphra
Laura Mancano as Aysha
Jake Taylor as Young Cain
Brayden Avery as Young Abel
Storytellers:
Kathleen Carney, Bess Harbison, Abrah Katzman, Megan Murphy, Brittany Recupero, Justin Schindler, Richard Steinhardt, Mary Tomcavage, Jon Zahradnik

Staff
Director: Paul Recupero
Producer: John Henken
Music Director: Barbara Newberry
Rehearsal Accompanist: Laura Burhans
Choreographer: Meghan Chambers
Stage Manager: Kate Remolde
Set Design: Steve DiNenno
Properties: Marianne DiNenno, Denise Kolodziej
Costumes: Molly Connell
Lighting Design: Steve DiNenno

CHILDREN OF EDEN
Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

Children of Eden is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIshows.com

Theater Address: 1700 Christopher Lane Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania 19403 (Map It)
Theater Phone: (610) 539-2276
Theater Amenities: Wheelchair Accessible, Concessions, Heated/Air Conditioned, Parking Lot

Price: $20
Purchase tickets online: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=dbp01

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts and administrative abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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