Continuing its successful 2016 season in September, Redwood Curtain Theatre presents After Darwin by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Sep. 8 – Oct. 1.
In this “play-within-a-play” Capt. Robert FitzRoy and naturalist Charles Darwin are aboard the HMS Beagle. FitzRoy has faith in the unquestionable authority of the Bible, while Darwin begins to explore a more radical vision, his theory of natural selection. What the two discover over their 30-year history is a tale of friendship, faith, and the struggle for survival: both in humanity and in the natural world.
“The director sent this script our way,” noted Peggy Metzger, RC’s Executive Director, “and I was taken with the humanity of these characters. It’s a rich story of compassion and contradiction.”
Director Craig Benson leads a cast of both Redwood Curtain veterans and newcomers. Jeremy Webb plays the staunch Capt. FitzRoy, while Scott Osborn takes on the inquisitive role of Darwin. Playwright Wertenbaker has also crafted a contemporary story-inside-the-story, featuring Sadiki Koos and Andrea Zvaleko as members of a theatre company who find that the 18th century challenges of Darwin and FitzRoy are remarkably similar to theirs of the present day.
Setting sail, Jared Sorenson creates the interior of the ship with scenic and lighting design, Deidre Bise the costumes, and Jo Kuzelka crafts the props. Jerry Nusbaum stage manages.
Details about the play, Season 2016, and ticketing are on the Redwood Curtain website: www.redwoodcurtain.com.
After Darwin previews on Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, with $10 tickets, and opening night with Gala champagne reception is Saturday, September 10, with tickets at $20. Performances continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through October 1. Cheap date Thursdays on September 15, 22 and 29, two tickets for $20. A 2pm Sunday Matinee takes place on September 25, with tickets at $15. Friday Focus is September 16: Audience members can arrive at 7:15pm to hear from the director and/or designers and stay after the show to meet the actors for more discussion. Ticket price on Friday and Saturday (except Gala) nights is $15.
Redwood Curtain is located at 220 First Street (between C and D) in Old Town, Eureka. Main entrance through Snug Alley.
As the theatre is intimate with only 80 seats, reservations are highly recommended, and there is no late seating. Evening performances begin promptly at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.