Ensemble Theatre Co Premieres EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
ETC presents the fourth show of its 40th Anniversary Season, the Southern California premiere of the stunning and wildly popular novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, adapted by Simon Block and directed by Jonathan Fox. EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED begins previews on Thursday, April 11, opens on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00pm, and runs through Sunday, April 28, 2019 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
Jonathan, a young Jewish-American writer, travels to Ukraine to seek out the woman who may have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He hires Alex, a young Ukrainian tour guide who takes him on a hilarious road trip in search of the woman's village. Along the way, they confront haunting memories as Jonathan and Alex's histories become entwined.
"Jonathan Safran Foer is one of my favorite contemporary writers," said Jonathan Fox, ETC's Artistic Director. "Simon Block's adaptation is remarkably successful in capturing the novel's comic absurdity as well as its surprising and evocative twists and turns. We are delighted to present this thrilling theatrical journey in its Southern California premiere."
The Cast of EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED features Jeremy Kahnas Jonathan making his ETC debut and revisiting Everything is Illuminated after appearing in last year's production at Aurora Theatre Company. He has also appeared onstage in Office Hour (Berkeley Rep and Long Wharf Theatre), Bad Jews (Capital Stage), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatreworks), among many others. ETC favorite Matt Wolpe returns for his fifth play here, playing Alex, Jonathan's translator who speaks in a "sublimely butchered English." Past ETC credits include Philinte in The School for Lies, Matt in The Fantasticks, Cliton in The Liar, and Matt/Gene in Striking 12. He has also appeared on Broadway in Finding Neverland as well as the national tour of Once. Emily Goglia plays Brod as well as several other characters and was recently on the ETC stage in Husbands and Wives. She has also been seen on TV in "Grease Live" and NBC's "The Sing-Off." Los Angeles theater favorite Anne Gee Byrd plays the woman, and most recently starred in The Cripple of Inishmaan for Antaeus Theatre Company and Murder on the Orient Express at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Rounding out the cast is Adrian Sparks playing Alex's grandfather. Adrian is an Ovation nominated actor for his role as Ernest Hemingway inPapa and he has played leading roles at some of the most prestigious theaters in the country including The Guthrie in Minnesota, Seattle Repertory, Long Wharf, and the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, DC.
Scenic design is by François-Pierre Couture. Lighting design is by Pablo Santiago. Sound design is by Randall Robert Tico. Costume design is by Dianne K. Graebner. Properties design is by Ilana Molina. Casting by Amy Lieberman. The Production Stage Manager is Michael Friedlander.