Raúl Esparza, Carmen Cusack, Alice Ripley, More Star in The Waves in Quarantine April 29

Regional News   Raúl Esparza, Carmen Cusack, Alice Ripley, More Star in The Waves in Quarantine April 29
Berkeley Rep’s digital production is available to enjoy for free.

Four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza, Tony winner Alice Ripley, Tony nominee Carmen Cusack, and more Broadway favorites star in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s The Waves in Quarantine, streaming for free beginning April 29. A virtual opening night is planned for 9 PM ET, featuring a screening and a conversation with the creative team.

Rounding out the cast are Nikki Renée Daniels (The Book of Mormon), Darius de Haas (Kiss of the Spider Woman), and Manu Narayan (My Fair Lady). Ripley and Esparza previously starred in the work at a staging during New York Stage and Film in 2018.

Nikki Renée Daniels Laura Marie Duncan

The virtual production is conceived by Esparza and writer-director Lisa Peterson, with music and lyrics by David Bucknam and additional music and lyrics by Adam Gwon.

A second virtual event is scheduled for May 6 and will include a conversation with members of the cast. Both events are moderated by Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer and Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham.

“The musical adaptation of The Waves is a project that Lisa and Raúl and I have been in a long-term conversation about, since we did a developmental production of it... in 2018,” said Pfaelzer. “As the pandemic took hold, they began to imagine a way to make use of this time of isolation, shutdown, and longing—whose themes are so poignantly paralleled in Woolf’s novel itself.”

The creative team includes director of photography Zelmira Gainz, music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, set designer Rachel Hauck, and line producer Mêlisa Annis.

The Waves in Quarantine consists of six short films that meditate on friendship, loss, and the making of art, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s 1931 novel. The Waves was originally produced by New York Theatre Workshop in 1991, then revived and reworked at New York Stage and Film in 2018. The 2021 version was shot at home and outside by the six actors and an international team of theatre professionals working remotely using DSLR cameras and iPhones.

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