BALTIMORE, Maryland - September 17, 2017: Iron Crow Theatre is set to premiere it’s best and most highly anticipated season yet, the 17/18 Season of Identity with Marc Blitzstein's, biggest and most remembered work, The Cradle Will Rock. This unabashedly anti-capitalist, 1937 musical, was the first musical ever shut down by the Federal Government for fear of societal revolt (and the first musical to ever produce a cast album)! A defiant indictment of capitalism and socio-political corruption, it is as much an attack on wealth and the political power it unjustly wields, as it is an homage to those with nothing, fighting to survive. Bold, biting, and unapologetically Brechtian, The Cradle Will Rock is one of the most historically significant pieces of American Musical Theater ever to be written.
“Revolutionary in its creation in 1937 and frighteningly immediate today, our production of The Cradle Will Rock is a direct response to and protest against the current administration, the evils of unregulated capitalism, and the dangers of an imperial presidency,” said Artistic Director and CEO, Sean Elias. “An expressionistic and highly stylized, modern re-staging, this production attempts to pay homage to the historic and legendary Broadway opening, while embracing a new hybrid of emotional realism and Brechtian detachment. It’s my intent, without altering a single reference, to simultaneously highlight the relevance of this work to today’s ‘modern’ society and to bring the production forward - presented as a piece of meaningful 21st century musical theatre.”
Written by Marc Blitzstein and Directed by Sean Elias. Musical Direction provided by Mandee Ferrier-Roberts with Assistant Direction and Dramaturgy by Robert Corona*. Stage Management by Gretchen Hylton*. Set Design by Chris Miller, Lighting Design by Janine Vreatt* with Costume Design by Matthew Smith and Assistant Costume Design by Danielle Harrow*. Properties design by Emma Jo Shatto and Technical Direction by Sam Martin.
Starring: Felicia Akunwafor, Ian Andrews, Monica Albizo, Allison Bradbury*, Roxanne Daneman, Terrance Fleming*, Patrick Gorirossi, Greg Grenier, Barbara Hauck, Jonathon Jacobs, Justin Johnson, Brandon Love, Marc Quakenbush, Chelsea Paradiso, Matthew Payne, Meghan Taylor, Eduard Van Osterom*, Caitlin Weaver, and Matt Winer*.
*Denotes Iron Crow Theatre Artistic Associate.
Tickets are available for purchase online via www.ironcrowtheatre.org/cradle. Pricing is $30.00 for General Admission, $25.00 for Seniors, Educators, Veterans and Active Service Members and $15.00 for Students. Performances begin Friday, September 29th and run through Sunday, October 8th.
Friday, September 29: 8:00pm - Opening Night Celebration & Reception
Saturday, September 30: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, October 1: 5:30pm
Thursday, October 5: 7:00pm
Friday, October 6: 8:00pm - NEW! After Shows With The Crows Programming
Saturday, October 7: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, October 8: 5:30pm
IRON CROW THEATRE is Baltimore’s only award-winning, professional queer theatre; celebrating the renegade and the unorthodox, in all of us. We produce queer theatre for a queer city. Learn more at www.ironcrowtheatre.org.
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