THE ADVENTURES OF Tom Sawyer, adapted for the stage by Laura Eason, based on the novel by Mark Twain, will play the Denver Center Theatre Company's Space Theatre November 11 - December 18 (opening night Thursday, November 17.) Tickets are on sale now, by calling 303.893.4100 or www.denvercenter.org.
Mark Twain's classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to the stage in a high-spirited theatrical romp. Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder, then embark on a string of wild escapades. Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Injun Joe and the rest join Tom in this timeless family tale.
The cast of THE ADVENTURES OF Tom Sawyer includes DCTC debuting actors Stanton Nash as Tom Sawyer, Blake Lowell as Huckleberry Finn and Nick Abeel as Joe Harper. Playing Becky Thatcher is Caitlin Wise (Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Carol, Dracula), Sid Sawyer is Andrew Schwartz (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Liar), Aunt Polly is Rachel Fowler (All My Sons, Measure for Measure), Injun Joe is Drew Cortese (The Liar, A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Muff Potter is Stephen Weitz (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello).
THE ADVENTURES OF Tom Sawyer is adapted for the stage by Laura Eason, based on the novel by Mark Twain and directed by Jane Page. Scenic design is by Vicki Smith (24 seasons at the DCTC, A Christmas Carol, Dracula) while costume design is by David Kay Mickelsen (54 productions/18 consecutive seasons/13 premieres, The Liar, Ruined, The 39 Steps). Lighting design is by Charles R. MacLeod (The Liar, Superior Donuts), sound design is by Jason Ducat (The Liar, Superior Donuts) and projection design is by Charlie I. Miller (American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, The House of the Spirits). Gary Grundei is composer (To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula). Dramaturgy is by Douglas Langworthy (American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, Ruined) and Robert Davidson (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Quilters) is movement coach. Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D is dialect and vocal coach. Fight director is Geoffrey Kent (The Liar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ruined).
About the playwright: Laura Eason is the author of more than 15 plays, both original work and adaptations. Produced plays include Sex with Strangers, (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), Jack and the Collection, (WEY, NYC), When The Messenger Is Hot (59E59, NYC; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), Area Of Rescue (Andhow Theatre at the Connelly, NYC), A Tale Of Two Cities (Steppenwolf), Huck Finn (Steppenwolf), The Ghost's Bargain (Two River Theater, NJ), The Coast Of Chicago (Walkabout Theatre, Chicago), Dynamometer (The Thursday Problem/Working Man's Clothes, NYC), Lost In The Supermarket (Vital Theatre, NYC), Our Secret Life (Middlesex School), 40 Days (University of Wisconsin) as well as In The Eye Of The Beholder, 28 and Around The World In 80 Days (Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago) which she also directed.
Additional plays include Plainfield Ace, Little Boxes, Peanut Moms, and Rewind. Her work has been developed in New York at MCC, New York Theatre Workshop, Andhow Theater and New Georges. She has received multiple commissions from Steppenwolf and Lookingglass Theatres as well as Walkabout, Two River and Middlesex School, among others.
When The Messenger Is Hot, Area Of Rescue and Around The World In 80 Days are published by Broadway Play Publishing where she was named playwright of the year in 2007. A Tale Of Two Cities is published by Playscripts, Inc. She has received two Jeff Awards (Chicago) for new work and adaptation.