(BOSTON) — The world premiere of Ryan Landry's "M", legendary Boston artist Ryan Landry's inspired take on Fritz Lang's film noir masterpiece M, begins at the Huntington Theatre Company on March 29. Known for his blending of classic source material with his unique brands of comedy and imaginative theatricality, Landry (Mildred Fierce) transforms the iconic film about a city panicked by an elusive child killer into a surreal, screwball take that is both hilarious and heart-stirring. Directed by Caitlin Lowans (Turn of the Screw at Stoneham Theatre), the production's ensemble cast includes Gold Dust Orphans' regulars Larry Coen and David Drake, as well as Boston favorite Karen MacDonald (Good People and All My Sons at the Huntington) in the title role that made film actor Peter Lorre famous.
"When I first saw Ryan's work, I knew we had to figure out a way to work with him," says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "His genre-breaking, gender-bending brand of theatre unites puppets and a classic suspense film. It won't be for the faint of heart, but it will be amazing. I am as excited as anyone to see what happens." Hear more from Peter DuBois about the production athuntingtontheatre.org/peter-m/.
Landry is the founder of the Gold Dust Orphans and the creative force behind such acclaimed reimaginings of classics including Mildred Fierce, Death of a Saleslady, Pussy on the House, A T-Stop Named Denial, and The Little Pricks. "With Ryan Landry, perversity and hilarity go skipping along hand in hand," says Boston.com.
"I'm always interested in exploring the Bizzaro universes that run parallel to masterpieces," says Landry, "and so in the case of M, my answer was to wedge a very 1930s romantic comedy right into the middle of the thriller. Working at the Huntington, I've taken the opportunity to really challenge myself and to enjoy the great talent and resources the organization offers. I've tried to take the road never traveled and offer the audience some surprises."
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The ensemble cast includes: Ellen Adair (Cymbeline Off Broadway at Theatre for a New Audience) as The Woman, Larry Coen (Ryan Landry's Psyched at the Emerging America Festival) as The Pig and others; David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Obie Award) as Fritz and others; Laura Latreille (Mauritius at the Huntington) as Schlitz and others; Karen MacDonald (Good People and All My Sons at the Huntington) as M, Paul Melendy (The Taming of the Shrew at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) as The Man; and Samantha Richert (Moonchildren, Babes in Arms, A Christmas Carol, and Candide at Berkshire Theatre Festival) as Olga and others. Eva Jean Chapuran and Ava Rose Cooke alternate in the role of the Little Girl.
Ryan Landry (Playwright) is Ryan Landry. He is a working writer, director, and performer for over thirty years and plans to keep writing plays until he drops dead. His production of Psychedwas produced by the Huntington during the 2011 Emerging America Festival. His Boston-based troupe, the Gold Dust Orphans, produces satirical "mash-ups" of pop culture – comedic, dramatic, or musical – in both Provincetown and Boston. Past productions include Mildred Fierce, Peter Pansy, Phantom of the Oprah, Willy Wanker and the Hershey Highway, All About Christmas Eve, Death of a Saleslady, Medea, A T-Stop Named Denial, Christmas on the Pole, and Valet of the Dolls. He is a resident of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Caitlin Lowans (Director) previously directed Ryan Landry's Psyched at the Huntington as part of the Emerging America Festival. Ms. Lowans is the associate artistic director at Stoneham Theatre where she has directed over 16 productions. Her favorite Stoneham credits include Lumberjacks in Love, Romeo and Juliet, the world-premiere musical Sunfish, Jeffrey Hatcher's The Turn of the Screw (starring Mr. Landry), My Fair Lady, Picnic, and Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story. Other Boston area credits include productions of The Three Sisters, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Mac Wellman's Psychology Or: Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood. Ms. Lowans is an alumna of the art in education program at Harvard University and Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab.
Scenic design by Jon Savage (Laughing Wild at the Huntington); costume design by Scott Martino (over 50 productions with the Gold Dust Orphans); lighting design by Deb Sullivan (The Ruby Sunrise at The Public Theatre/NYSF); original music and sound design by David Remedios (Luck of the Irish at the Huntington); projection design by Garrett Herzig (Chinglish at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston); and puppetry direction by Rosanna Myhrum (artistic director of Puppet Showplace Theatre). Production stage manager is Carola Morrone LaCoste. Stage manager is Candice D. Mongellow.
- Grand Patron: Boston University
- Season Sponsors: Carol G. Deane, J. David Wimberly
- Production Co-Sponsor: John D. Spooner
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
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