World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Immortal Longings at Zach Theatre

Directed by Peter Rothstein | Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder 

(L to R) Suzanne Warmanen and Steven Epp in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(L to R) Suzanne Warmanen and Steven Epp in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

The world premiere of Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre, the newest work by playwright and American Theatre Legend Terrence McNally starring Steven Epp as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and Wyatt Fenner as Vaslav Nijinsky; directed by Peter Rothstein; and choreography by Kelli Foster Warder, will play The Topfer at ZACH.  Performances begin June 12 with an Official Opening date of June 20 and running through July 14.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (RagtimeKiss of the Spider Woman) expresses his excitement on casting, “Thanks to the audition process, we found wonderful actors from both Austin and New York ideal for their roles. My hope is that these actors will bring their uniqueness to the play. We have no preconceptions about what these roles are. I’ll discover these characters along with the actors in Austin.” McNally expands on Immortal Longings, “First, we hope the play is a treat; second, plays about a genius like Diaghilev, the great Russian impresario, are not exactly a dime a dozen. His work with the Ballets Russes is the stuff of legends.”

(Front) Stephen Epp (Back, L to R) Marie Pearce, Ian J. Bethany and Kevin Murdock-Waters in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(Front) Stephen Epp (Back, L to R) Marie Pearce, Ian J. Bethany and Kevin Murdock-Waters in Immortal
Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

In addition to STEVEN EPP as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and WYATT FENNER as Vaslav Nijinsky, Immortal Longings will star; JAMES PATRICK NELSON as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov;SHANNON KOOB as Misia Sert; SUZANNE WARMANEN as Dunya; JOSHUA PAGAN as Leonide Massine; RACHAEL HANLONMARIE PEARCEKEVIN MURDOCK-WATERS, and IAN J. BETHANY as Ballet Ensemble; and ROB GREENFIELD as Pianist.

(L to R) James Patrick Nelson and Shannon Koob in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(L to R) James Patrick Nelson and Shannon Koob in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk
Tuck

Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN, the production team also includes KELLI FOSTER WARDER as Choreographer, MICHAEL HOOVER as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer, SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer, PHILIP ROSENBERG as Lighting Designer, CRAIG BROCK as Sound Designer, SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer, ROD SIMONSON as Projection Designer, AMANDA COOLEY DAVIS as Dialect Coach, and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID). A limited amount of Pay–What–You–Will tickets are available the day–of for Mainstage preview performances only. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling  512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing groupsales@zachtheatre.org.

Carolyn and Marc Seriff are Presenting Sponsors of Immortal Longings with Kathleen and Harvey Guion and Dan Jackson III and M. Jeremy Guiberteau as Executive Producers and KMFA as Supporting Sponsor.

CAST

Steven Epp – Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev

Wyatt Fenner – Vaslav Nijinsky

James Patrick Nelson – Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov

Shannon Koob – Misia Sert

Suzanne Warmanen – Dunya

Joshua Pagan – Leonide Massine

Rachael Hanlon – Ballet Ensemble

Marie Pearce – Ballet Ensemble

Kevin Murdock-Waters – Ballet Ensemble

Ian J. Bethany – Ballet Ensemble

Rob Greenfield – Pianist

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Peter Rothstein – Director

Kelli Foster Warder – Choreographer

Michael Hoover – Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne – Costume Designer

Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer

Philip Rosenberg – Lighting Designer

Craig Brock – Sound Designer

Scott Groh – Properties Designer

Rodd Simonson – Projection Designer

Amanda Cooley Davis – Dialect Coach

Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager

Catie Tijerina – Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Dang – Stage Management Intern

About Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career spanning six decades. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Terrence was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Broadway League’s Distinguished Lifetime Service Award in addition to one of three receiving a Lifetime Achievement in Theatre honor at the 2019 Tony Awards. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards. In 1996, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

He wrote the book for the Tony-nominated musical The Visit, which opened on Broadway in the spring of 2015 with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. He is the writer of the book for the musical Anastasia, which is recently closed on Broadway and is currently touring. A revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon is currently running on Broadway for a limited engagement. His newest play, now titled Immortal Longings grew out of Fire and Air, which opened at Classic Stage Company in 2018. Other plays include Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; The Lisbon Traviata; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; Corpus Christi; And Away We Go; The Ritz; and Deuce.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans – 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes.  ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 201819 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials.

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Cast Announced for the World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Immortal Longings at Zach Theatre

ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the cast for the world premiere of Immortal Longings, the newest work by playwright and American Legend Terrence McNallyDirected by Peter Rothstein and Choreographed by Kelli Foster WarderImmortal Longings will star Broadway veteran Matt McGrath as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev. Previews begin June 12 with an Opening Date of June 20 and running through July 14 in The Topfer at ZACH. The world premiere of Immortal Longings is a thoroughly reworked version of Fire and Air which premiered at the Classic Stage Company (CSC) in New York City in the winter of last year.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (RagtimeKiss of the Spider Woman) expresses his excitement on casting, “Matt McGrath is an actor I’ve always wanted to create a role for. He is one of the best actors in New York City. Austin is going to love him. Also, thanks to the audition process, we found wonderful actors from both the Austin and New York ideal for their roles. My hope is that these actors will bring their uniqueness to the play. We have no preconceptions about what these roles are. I’ll discover these characters along with the actors in Austin.” McNally expands on Immortal Longings, “First, we hope the play is a treat; second, plays about a genius like Diaghilev, the great Russian impresario, are not exactly a dime a dozen. His work with the Ballets Russes is the stuff of legends.”

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

In addition to MATT McGRATH as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev, Immortal Longings will star WYATT FENNER as Vaslav Nijinsky; JAMES PATRICK NELSON as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov; SHANNON KOOB as Misia Sert; SUZANNE WARMANEN as Dunya; JOSHUA PAGAN as Leonide Massine; RACHEL HANLONMARIE PIERCEKEVIN MURDOCK-WATERS, and IAN BETHANY as Ensemble; and ROB GREENFIELD as Pianist.

Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN, the production team also includes KELLI FOSTER WARDER as Choreographer, MICHAEL HOOVER as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer, SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer, PHILIP ROSENBERG as Lighting Designer, Craig Brock as Sound Designer, SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer, AMANDA COOLEY DAVIS as Dialect Coach, and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Special Events in Celebration of Immortal Longings:

  • Pride Night – Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Wednesday Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Champagne Opening and Press Night – Thursday, June 20, 2019; Press may RSVP to nicole.shiro@motleycrewmedia.com

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID). A limited amount of Pay–What–You–Will tickets are available the day–of for Mainstage preview performances only. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling 512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing groupsales@zachtheatre.org.

Carolyn and Marc Seriff are Presenting Sponsors of Immortal Longings with Kathleen and Harvey Guion and Dan Jackson III and M. Jeremy Guiberteau as Executive Producers and KMFA as Supporting Sponsor.

CAST

Matt McGrath – Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev

Wyatt Fenner – Vaslav Nijinsky

James Patrick Nelson – Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov

Shannon Koob – Misia Sert

Suzanne Warmanen – Dunya

Joshua Pagan – Leonide Massine

Rachel Hanlon – Ensemble

Marie Pearce – Ensemble

Kevin Murdock-Waters – Ensemble

Ian Bethany – Ensemble

Rob Greenfield – Pianist

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Peter Rothstein – Director

Kelli Foster Warder – Choreographer

Michael Hoover – Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne – Costume Designer

Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer

Philip Rosenberg – Lighting Designer

Craig Brock – Sound Designer

Scott Groh – Properties Designer

Amanda Cooley Davis – Dialect Coach

Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager

Catie Tijerina – Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Dang – Stage Management Intern

About Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career spanning six decades. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards. In 1996, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

He wrote the book for the Tony-nominated musical The Visit, which opened on Broadway in the spring of 2015 with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. He is the writer of the book for the musical Anastasia, which is recently closed on Broadway and is currently touring. His newest play, now titled Immortal Longings grew out of Fire and Air, which opened at Classic Stage Company in 2018. Other plays include Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; The Lisbon Traviata; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; Corpus Christi; And Away We Go; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Ritz; and Deuce.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans – 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes.  ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 201819 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials.

Connect with ZACH:
Facebook facebook.com/zachtheatre
Twitter @ZACHtheatre twitter.com/zachtheatre
Instagram instagram.com/zachtheatre