The Public Theater will begin previews for the world premiere production of FEBRUARY HOUSE, with music and lyrics by Gabriel Kahane and book by Seth Bockley, on Tuesday, May 8 in The Public's Martinson Theater. Directed by Davis McCallum, FEBRUARY HOUSE runs through Sunday, June 10, with an official press opening on Tuesday, May 22. Tickets are on sale now at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office.
The complete cast of FEBRUARY HOUSE features Stanley Bahorek (Benjamin Britten), Ken Barnett (Peter Pears), Ken Clark (Reeves McCullers), Julian Fleisher (George Davis), Stephanie Hayes (Erika Mann), Josh Lamon (Understudy, George Davis), Erik Lochtefeld (W. H. Auden), Kacie Sheik (Gypsy Rose Lee), A.J. Shively (Chester Kallman), and Kristen Sieh (Carson McCullers).
The Public Theater will also present post-show discussions following select performances with the artists from FEBRUARY HOUSE on Wednesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 23. The talkbacks following these performances are included with the price of admission.
Visionary and flamboyant editor George Davis transforms a dilapidated Brooklyn boarding house into a bohemian commune for the leading lights of 1940s New York. Residents include novelist Carson McCullers, composer Benjamin Britten, poet W.H. Auden, and the infamous Gypsy Rose Lee. The luminaries of 7 Middagh Street form a tumultuous and remarkable makeshift family, and search for love, inspiration, and refuge from the looming war in Europe. Inspired by true events, this powerful and funny new musical marks the first commission of The Public's Musical Theater Initiative and is presented in association with Long Wharf Theatre.
FEBRUARY HOUSE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Leon Rothenberg, and choreography by Danny Mefford.
Davis McCallum (Director) recently directed the world premiere of Quiara Hudes' Water By The Spoonful at Hartford Stage. His New York credits include Sam Hunter's A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort; Drama Desk Nomination) and Five Genocides, Michael Mitnick's Sex Lives of Our Parents, Greg Moss's punkplay, Chuck Mee's Queens Boulevard, Quiara Hudes' Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue (Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Henry, Jane Eyre, The Tempest, and The Turn Of The Screw. He has directed at regional theaters such as the Guthrie, The Old Globe, Humana, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, Alliance Theater Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, The O'Neill, Playmakers Rep, Two River, New York Stage & Film, and others. His honors and awards include the Drama League Fellowship (2001); Phil Killian Fellowship (2003); NEA/TCG Career Development Program (2007); Boris Sagal Fellowship (2010), and a Princess Grace Honoree (2011). He has taught directing at Princeton University and the New School for Drama. He trained at LAMDA and studied at Princeton and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.