Kansas City Repertory Theatre opens its 60th Anniversary 2023-24 season with the timeless passionate tour-de-force Cyrano de Bergerac, written by Edmond Rostand, freely adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Associate Artistic Director Nelson T. Eusebio III. Performances run September 5 through 24, 2023, at Spencer Theatre.
Through spoken word, contemporary poetry and raw physicality, Cyrano de Bergerac seduces in rap and rhymes, using linguistic brilliance to help another man win the heart of his one true love.
Associate Artistic Director Nelson T. Eusebio III (he/him/his) stated, “I am thrilled to be directing this fresh adaptation of Rostand’s classic story of swashbuckling action, hilarious characters, and heartbreaking romance. Cyrano has been on my ‘bucket list’ of plays to direct and I am so excited to share my vision for this classic in a new version by Martin Crimp featuring an incredible cast, contemporary design, and language that will make you swoon.” He continued, “KCRep audiences will be in for a treat getting to experience this fresh take on a classic. There are so many firsts on this show: Crimp’s freely adapted script being produced for the first time by a U.S. theatre. The first Asian American Cyrano in a major regional theatre production. The first Asian American director of a Cyrano in the U.S regional theatre – ever. This is a show that is not only rarely done but has never been done like this before.”
Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Stuart Carden (he/him/his) stated, “With this sexy and fun new version of Cyrano we are thrilled to continue our World Classic Series with Associate Artistic Director Nelson Eusebio III’s signature theatrical remix of style, culture, humor, and the classics. With delicious wordplay, outrageous fights, ridiculous clowning, and throbbing hearts at the center of this prose and verse adaptation, and a production stacked with a stunning group of artists — you don’t want to miss this seductive, raucous, and fun night at the theatre at KCRep.”
Tickets are on sale now at kcrep.org
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