Stage West's Gabriel is a little heaven-sent gift.
Mark Lowry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Stage West Theatre welcomes 2013's performance season with an exquisitely crafted, respectfully directed production of grace, intelligence, suspense and angelic presence. Not to be missed...
Alexandra Bonifield, on Facebook
runs Jan 10 through Feb 10
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
In this riveting drama set on a German-occupied English island during World War II, a mysterious, unconscious man is pulled from the waves and taken in by a young widow and her family. The family maintains a delicate love-hate relationship with the German occupiers, and are concealing some deep secrets, including the fact that one of them is Jewish. The mysterious stranger--RAF pilot? spy? the angel Gabriel?--may be the force that breaks their tightly woven circle of subterfuge.
Our study guide for Gabriel can be downloaded here.
Moira Buffini was born in England in 1965, and studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London University from 1983-1986. She subsequently trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Jordan, co-written with Anna Reynolds in 1992, won a Writers' Guild Award for Best Fringe play. Her 1997 play Gabriel was performed at Soho theatre, winning the LWT Plays on Stage award. 1999’s Silence earned Buffini the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for best English-language play by a woman. Loveplay followed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2001. Dinner ( 2003) premiered at the National Theatre, and transferred to the West End, receiving a nomination for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Buffini is a founder member of the Monsterists, a group of playwrights who promote new writing of large scale work in the British theatre. Her other works include Dying For It, a free adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's classic, The Suicide, Marianne Dreams, a dance play with choreographer Will Tuckett, and a screen adaptation of Jane Eyre for BBC Films.
Michael Corolla* - Von Pfunz
Hayley Lenamon** - Estelle
Kelly Pino* - Lake
Tabitha Ray** - Lily
Dana Schultes* - Jeanne
Garret Storms** - Gabriel
* Member, Actors' Equity Association
** Equity Membership Candidate
Director - Jim Covault
Production Stage Manager - Peggy Kruger-O'Brien
Technical Director - Jason Domm
Set Designer - Jim Covault
Costume Designer - Michael Robinson/Dallas Costume Shoppe
Lighting Designer - Michael O'Brien
Props/Set Decor - Lynn Lovett
Assistant Stage Manager - Jessica Pettit