CRT presents 'The Three Musketeers'
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., Oct. 29, 2013
The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will present “The Three Musketeers,” adapted by Linda Alper, Douglas Langworthy and Penny Metropulos from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, from Nov. 21 through Dec. 8. in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre.
Dumas’ classic novel gets an adventurous staging as this tale of adventure and romance follows young d’Artagnan upon his arrival in Paris in search of fame, fortune and a place among the King’s Musketeers. Befriended by the three legendary swordsmen: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, he is immediately put to the test. His acts of bravery catch the eye of the French King Louis XIII, but ensnare d’Artagnan in the deadly schemes of Cardinal Richelieu and the villainous Milady Clarik. The young d’Artagnan must weigh his loyalties and question the meaning of honor in a gilded age of moral ambiguity. Loaded with dazzling swordplay, intrigue and swash-buckling comedy, this adaptation of Dumas’ brilliant novel is directed by Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Tony Simotes and features Obie-Award winning actor Rocco Sisto.
“This is a dream come true to direct 'The Three Musketeers' for Connecticut Repertory Theater,” said Simotes. “As the artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, I don't always get the opportunity to take on these kinds of challenges. To have such an extraordinary group of designers, actors and artists on all levels of this production is pure joy. The entire production team is making sure that we live the life of this imaginative play and fulfill the legendary energy and history of all its characters fully. All for one and one for all! Not a bad motto to live by, in my humble opinion."
Simotes recently directed Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis in “Mother Courage and her Children” and “The Tempest” for Shakespeare & Company. He directed “Othello” with John Douglas Thompson and is proud to have produced “Satchmo” at the Waldorf starring Thompson. That play went on to Long Wharf Theater and is currently slated to open off-Broadway early next year. He has directed for many other regional theaters across the country as well as internationally.
The design team includes Posy Knight, scenic designer; Fan Zhang, costume designer; Xiachen Zhou, wig designer; Sean Nicholl, lighting designer; Alexander Sovronsky, composer and Brandon Purstell, sound designer. The production will include original music composed by Alexander Sovronsky.
Rocco Sisto’s recent roles include Richard in “Richard II” for Shakespeare & Co and Samuel in Richard Foreman's “Old Fashioned Prostitutes” at the Public Theatre in New York. On Broadway he has appeared in “To Be Or Not To Be,” “Amadeus,” “A Month In The Country,” and “The Comedy Of Errors.”
Alexander Sovronsky, appearing as Captain de Treville/Duke of Buckingham as well as filling the roles of composer/music director, has appeared in numerous shows both on and off-Broadway as an actor/musician/composer.
Also appearing in the CRT production are Will Haden (D’Artagnan), a third-year graduate actor, and Sarah Wintermeyer (Constance), a third-year graduate actor. The cast will also feature graduate actors Thomas Brazzle, Darek Burkowski, Anthony Goes, Will Haden, Khetanya Henderson, James Jelkin, Colby Lewis, Olivia Saccomanno, and Sarah Wintermeyer, as well as undergraduate actors Alyson Danielczuk , Marisa Desa, Harry Elfenbaum, Will Graziano, Alison Janavaris, Briana Maia, Ryan Marcone, Emmett McMullan, Coles Prince, Susannah Resnikoff, Gina Salvatore and Brian Sullivan.
For tickets and information, call 860-486-2113 and visit www.crt.uconn.edu.