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Pictured: Julian Hester
The complete cast and production team have been announced for The Artistic Home’s ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, by Tom Stoppard.
Directed by Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra, the production features Julian Hester (Jan), H.B. Ward (Max), Kristin Collins (Eleanor/Esmé), Kayla Adams (Alice/younger Esmé), Brookelyn Hébert (Lenka), Devon Carson (Magda), Annie Hogan (Candida), Mark Pracht (Milan/Waiter), along with Carter Petray, Raphael Diaz, Taylor Cannon, Freedom Martin, and Stuart Ritter.
The production team includes Kevin Hagan (set design), Cat Wilson (lighting and projection design), Zach Wagner (costume design), Mark Bracken (sound design), Mary O’Dowd (properties design), and Sara Ann Dickey (stage manager).
Set in 1968, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL tells the story of Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returning to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan’s volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.
“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL is so current, again,” comments Scambiattera. “Freedom of expression, rock ‘n roll music, the soundtrack of social change in the 60’s, is front and center in Stoppard’s highly theatrical story of political and personal change.”
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL runs October 3rd – November 18th. For more information visit theartistichome.org.