Nana

Adapted for the Stage by Olwen Wymark
Directed by Beata Pilch

Opened December 2002

Jeff Citation Winner for Best Ensemble
Jeff Nomination for Best Musical Direction

“Highly stylized production…the electrifying Nicole Wiesner and company are just as seductively sordid as their surroundings…Ingenious Staging…Fascinating and Harrowing”
-Justin Hayford, The Chicago Reader

Nana DressCast: Mary Foran, Derek Gaspar, John Kahara, Julie Partyka, Beata Pilch, Mark Schab, Carolyn Shoemaker, Wesley Walker, Carl Wisniewski and featuring Nicole Wiesner asNana.

CHOREOGRAPHER: Joe Gerrits
SET DESIGN: Joey Wade
LIGHTING DESIGNRichard Norwood
LIVE PIANO SCORE BY: Mauro Frosio
SECOND MUSICIAN: Juliusz Dobiesz
COSTUME DESIGNBeata Pilch
STAGE MANAGERSGary Damico, Sarah Leahy

Nana
Olwen Wymark’s splendid dramatazation of Zola’s Nana is a story of sexual and financial greed in nineteenth-century Parisian society, depicting the rise and tragic downfall of a young courtesan.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

EMile Zola, born in Paris in 1840, was brought up at Aix-en-Provence in an atmosphere of struggling poverty after the death of his father in 1847. He was educated at the College Bourbon at Aix and then at Lycee Saint-Louis in Paris. He was obliged to exist in poorly paid clerical jobs after failing his Baccalaureatin 1859, but early in 1865 he decided to support himself by literature alone. Despite his scientific pretensions Zola was really an emotionalwriter withrare gifts for evoking vast crowd scenes and for giving life to such great symbols of modern civilizations as factories and mines. Zola’s first important novel,Therese Raquin, was published in 1867, and Madeleine Ferat in the following year. That same year he began work on a series of novels intended to follow out scietifically the effects of heredity and environment on one family: Les Rougon-Macquart. The work contains twenty novels which appeared between 1871 and 1893, and is the chief monument of the French naturalist Movement. On completion of this series he began a new cycle of novels, Les Trois Villes: Lourdes, Rome, Paris (1894-6-8), a violent attack on the Church of Rome, which led to another cycle, Les Quartes Evangilies. He died in 1902 while working on the fourth of these.

Nana Beard


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Associate Ensemble members:

Adam Huizenga
Sami Ismat
David Kaplinsky
Vic Kuligoski
Eddie Lynch
Josh Pennington
Christopher Prchal
Alex Stien
Alexander Trice
Nora Lise Ulrey
Kristin Davis*
(*Resident Stage Manager)

 

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