Complete casting and details have been announced for the American premiere of Moira Buffini's Gabriel, which will mark the final main stage production for Atlantic Theater Company's 2009-2010 season. Directed by David Esbjornson, the play begins performances on April 23 with opening night set for May 13. The limited engagement will play through June 6.
Gabriel will star Tony Award nominee Zach Grenier (33 Variations), Patricia Conolly (The Coast of Utopia, Is He Dead?), Lisa Emery (Present Laughter, Distracted), Lee Aaron Rosen (Summer Play Festival’s Wet, Huntington Theatre's All My Sons), Samantha Soule (The Philanthropist, Dinner at Eight) and Libby Woodbridge (off-Broadway debut).
The play is set around a largely forgotten moment in British history: the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. In Gabriel, a naked young man washes up on a Guernsey beach. Unnervingly handsome and fluent in both German and English, he has no recollection of who he is, patriot or Nazi, innocent or madman. The show explores the heart of memory, identity and imagination, as well as the lies people tell themselves and each other to make the darkness light again.
Gabriel will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Scott Zielinski and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.
The show follows the Atlantic's production of Sam Shepard's Ages on the Moon, which ends its acclaimed run on March 21.