Cast: Watkins, Lynch & Gough in Lyric Desire, Gate's Sunset
The Nobel Prize winner’s lesser-seen opus reworks the Greek tragedy of Phaedra to the unsettling scenery of rural New England.
Having seen his two half-brothers off in search of California gold, Eben Cabot can finally claim rightful ownership of his mother’s farm. But when his elderly father returns to take charge with a pretty new wife in tow, Eben struggles to repress the battles between lust, pride and conscience that rage within.
Watkins recently appeared at the Lyric in Holmes’ acclaimed revival of Edward Bond’s Saved; Lynch was recently seen on screen in the BBC’s Richard II and on stage in the Old’s Vic’s Duchess of Malfi; Gough’s credits include Messiah (BBC) and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Chichester/West End).
Dominique Morisseau's play, billed as a "vibrant and witty look at the point where the personal and political collide", is the final production in Christopher Haydon’s Resist! season focusing on the the stories of rebels and revolutionaries.
Morisseau is an American playwright and actress, an alumni of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2011-2012 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. Her play, Follow Me To Nellie’s, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and produced at Premiere Stages in July 2011.
Michelle Asante (Nina) has recently been seen on stage in One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Eclipse/Sheffield Theatres tour), Ruined (Almeida) and Torn (Arcola); Chu Omambala (Damon) has appeared in Danton’s Death, Women Beware Women, Statement of Regret, Troilus and Cressida and Candide (all for the National Theatre); and Ben Onwukwe (Kenyatta) has RSC credits including Days of Significance, Pericles and The Winter’s Tale.