Will Eno's Middletown is a bittersweet slice-of-life, showcasing the citizens of a small town on ordinary days in their lives. There's birth, death, curiosity, pride of place, casual cruelty, longing for connection and... A good deal of humanity.
Because of the ensemble nature of the show, the size of the cast has varied from production to production. After auditions last week, director John Kirk has announced his cast for the Heartland Theatre production coming in April. For Heartland, the Middletown ensemble will contain twelve players, ranging from IWU student Geena Barry to Heartland past-president Ann B. White, who is also the program director and founder of Young at Heartland, the theater's senior acting troupe.
Barry will play three roles -- Woman, Female Tourist and Music Host -- while White will be take on the roles of Tour Guide, Aunt and Attendant.
The other denizens of Middletown will be played by Lynna Briggs (playing Sweetheart and Ground Control), Dean Brown (Public Speaker, Landscaper and Janitor), Aric Diamani (Male Tourist, Freelancer and Male Doctor), George Freeman (Cop), Karen Hazen (Mrs. Swanson), Richard Jensen (Mechanic), Kathleen Kirk (Librarian), Devon Lovell (Female Doctor and Cop Radio), Rhys Lovell (John Dodge and Science Host) and John Poling (Greg and Man).
Performances of Middletown begin April 18 at Heartland Theatre. Follow these links to see showtimes and reservation information.
Looking forward to this one!ReplyDelete
John Kirk was one of the founders of the theatre department at ISU. Kathleen Kirk is his daughter and a wonderful actress. Dean Brown was most recently in RED at Heartland (playing artist Mark Rothko) and before that, he played the father in PROOF in a terrific production directed by his wife, ISU professor Cyndee Brown. Rhys and Devon Lovell are both excellent actors and it's lovely to see them on stage together again. It's really a terrific cast all-around.ReplyDelete