Season 34 | Way Downriver
EXTENDED TO MAY 15th
William Faulkner's 'Old Man' adapted by Edward Morgan
West Coast Premiere!
Directed by David Ellenstein
April 13 - May 15, 2016
From the 2014 World Premiere at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Originally the play was called Twenty-Seven.
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A flood of Biblical proportions on the mighty Mississippi provides the dramatic backdrop to this gripping, edge-of-your seat adventure. Adapted from the William Faulkner short story, “Old Man,” WAY DOWNRIVER reveals an unlikely pair of souls who are bound together by the forces of nature, and who struggle to overcome their fears and prejudice in order to survive their harrowing experiences. You won’t want to miss this exciting West Coast premiere.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
- "a rich and rewarding work…undeniable power" - San Diego Union Tribune, James Hebert (full review)
- "Make your plans now to see this moving, memorable tale of ruin and redemption. The production requires actors of high caliber and Ellenstein has cast them. This West Coast Premiere is a must see." - Jenni Prisk, critic
- "This is a coup and a triumph for North Coast Rep, a superbly energized and nuanced production of a new work that begs to be seen." - Times of San Diego, Pat Launer (full review)
- "Morgan’s script thrives on the North Coast Rep’s stage, melding the past and the present in a manner that preserves both sentiment and comedy. Through the masterful hands of portrayers (Richard) Baird and (Sara) Fetgatter, the pair grows closer, displaying an astounding amount of chemistry and even tenderness. John Herzog excels as the sympathetic warden, while Max Macke is deliciously slimy…Geno Carr, in particular, earns strong laughter and applause for his take as an energetic Cajun. The real standout for this show is cast member Robert Grossman. Grossman plays the guitar live onstage throughout the majority of the production, entwining music with the action in a remarkable fashion. Joining Grossman within the North Coast Rep’s jail cell is fellow inmate Benjamin Cole, a young, naive, and overtly talkative fellow. Don’t miss out!" - Fine Magazine, Jess Yacovelle (full review)