Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company in Preproduction for "The Libertine" by Stephen Jeffreys
This November prepare to meet the scandalous John Wilmot, the Second Earl of Rochester in award winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys’ provocative and witty play “The Libertine”. Based on the most notorious rake of the Restoration age it tells the story of the Earl of Rochester, confidante of Charles II.
“You will not like me. No, I say you will not,”
declares the Earl to the audience at the play’s prologue.
Love him or hate him, Wilmot was a complex and fascinating man who reveled in debauchery and the arts. He was an English poet, anti-monarchist Royalist, and an atheist who later converted to Christianity.
The play centers on the moment his cynicism is confounded when he falls earnestly in love with an aspiring actress.
Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company is proud to present this sexually charged comedy of manners running November 6 – 21, 2010 at The Kirk in Theatre Row. The production will be directed by Eric Tucker and star Joseph W. Rodriguez* as the Earl of Rochester.
The production will feature Playhouse Creatures Theatre company members Libby Arnold as Jane the prostitute, Eric Doss* as Charles II, and Patricia Duran* as actress Elizabeth Barry.
The cast also includes; Tom O'Keefe* as Charles Sackville, Ross Hurwitz as George Etherege, Jessica Love* as Elizabeth Malet, Claire Warden as Molly Luscombe, and Harry Oram as Billy Downs.
The design team for "The Libertine" includes: Original musical composition by Edward Davis , Scenic design by Laura Taber Bacon, lighting design by Les Dickert, and costume design by Angela Huff.
About Playwright Stephen Jeffreys
Stephen Jeffreys was born in London. His play, Like Dolls or Angels (1977), won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award at the National Student Drama Festival. He helped to set up Pocket Theatre Cumbria, for whom he wrote a number of plays, including an adaptation of Dickens' Hard Times in 1982. The play Carmen 1936 won an Edinburgh Fringe Festival Fringe First in 1984. Valued Friends(1990) premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 1989. For some years, he was Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre.
His other plays include The Clink (1999), set in Elizabethan London, originally produced by Paines Plough (for whom he was Writer in Residence) at the Riverside Studio in London, and The Libertine (1994) about the 17th-century poet John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, first staged at the Royal Court Theatre. The Libertine was recently released as a film starring Johnny Depp, for which Stephen Jeffreys wrote the screenplay. A Going Concern (1993) was first staged at the Hampstead Theatre in London. He adapted Richard Brome's A Jovial Crew (1992) for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1992.
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About Director Eric Tucker:
Directing credits include: The Belle of Belfast, Cherry Lane; Hamlet (with
William Hurt, Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles); Macbeth (nominated Best Overall
Production and Best Director, L.A. Critics); The Libertine, The Chernuchin; Women of
Will (Mercury Theatre, Colchester, England and Shakespeare and Co, Lenox, MA);
Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (Trinity Repertory Company); Pinter’s Mirror, Bad
Dates (Shakespeare and Co.); Closer (Gene Frankel); 16 E (The Kraine); Antony and
Cleopatra, Hamlet, Measure for Measure (Redlands Shakespeare Festival); Man of La
Mancha, Sanctuary (North American Premiere; Veterans Center for the Performing
Arts); Watership Down (World Premiere; Burning Coal); Macbeth, Closer (SFGT); The
Voyage of the Carcass (Brown Playwrights Festival); Angels in America: Parts I & II,
Hamlet (Beowulf); Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest (Trinity Conservatory); Saint
Joan, Macbeth (Bighead).
*Denotes Members of Actor's Equity Association.