The cast announces the world premiere of a new adaptation of A SINGLE MAN by Christopher Isherwood at the Park Theater

Troupe today announces the world premiere of a new adaptation of A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood by Simon Reade. Directed by Philip Wilson, the production opens in Park200 at the Park Theater on October 21, with previews from October 19, and runs through November 26.

California, 1962. College professor George mourns the death of his longtime partner, Jim. As a middle-aged gay Englishman living in suburban Los Angeles, he is an outsider in every way. Haunted by his past and unable to move forward, we follow him on a very ordinary day. But for George, it will be a day like no other…

A Single Man features in The Guardian’s 100 Best Novels Written in English, where it is described as “a work of compressed brilliance”. Known to many from Tom Ford’s film, Christopher Isherwood’s masterpiece is now told with irony and compassion in Simon Reade’s new adaptation for the stage.

Powerful and sexy, A Single Man is a dark and fun study in heartbreak, love and loneliness from the famous writer of Goodbye to Berlin, the inspiration for Cabaret.

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) is one of the most famous writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without a diploma, worked as a tutor and secretary, briefly studied medicine and then published his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. Between 1929 and 1939, he lived mainly abroad, including four years in Berlin, which inspired his novels Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin, from which the musical Cabaret is based. He also wrote four plays and a travel diary with the poet WH Auden. In 1939, Isherwood moved to America, where he settled in Hollywood, became a Hindu, and wrote for film studios. He took American citizenship in 1946. In America he wrote five more novels, including Prater Violet, Down There on a Visit and A Single Man, and kept prodigious diaries. He collaborated with his spiritual teacher Swami Prabhavananda on a translation of the Bhagavad Gita and produced another travel book and a biography of Indian mystic Ramakrishna. At the end of the 1960s, he turned to autobiography; in Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind, and My Guru and His Disciple, Isherwood openly articulated the gay identity he had only implied in his fiction. Among his last works is October, a month of his diary with drawings by his companion from 1953, the American painter Don Bachardy.

Simon Reade’s work for theater includes Private Peaceful (Garrick Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Hamburg Kammerspiele, 59E59 Theaters and TBG Theatre, New York and UK tour), David Copperfield (Barn Theatre, Cirencester), An Elephant in the Garden (Poonamallee Productions), A Pure Woman (Dorchester Arts), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, A Room With a View, Moon Tiger (Theatre Royal Bath and UK tours), Bliss/Mutluluk (Arcola Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Theater Royal Bath and UK tour), Twist of Gold (Polka Theatre), Strindberg’s Apartment (New Diorama Theatre), Toro! Bull! (Salisbury Playhouse), Midnight’s Children (Royal Shakespeare Company and Theater Trier), The Scarecrow and His Servant (Southwark Playhouse), Not the End of the World, Mozart’s Question, Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp, The Owl Who Had Fear of the Dark (Bristol Old Vic), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (TMA Award, Bristol Old Vic and Polka Theatre), Epitaph for the Official Secrets Act (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Tales from Ovid (Royal Shakespeare Company and The Young Vic). Film and TV include Journey’s End, Private Peaceful and What You Will. Books include Dear Mr. Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright and Cheek by Jowl. He was previously Literary Director at Gate Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director at Bristol Old Vic, Producer at Theater Royal Bath Productions and Filter Theater and Development Producer at BBC Television, Tiger Aspect Productions and Stolen Picture.

Director Philip Wilson’s work in theater includes Starcrossed (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Boy with the Bee Jar (Hope Theatre), Perfect Nonsense, After the Dance (Theatre by the Lake), The Star, The Norman Conquests, Noises Off, Doctor Faustus, The Astonished Heart, Still Life (Liverpool Playhouse), As You Like It (Storyhouse, Chester), Beacons (Park Theatre), his own adaptations of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales (Oxo Tower Bargehouse and Shoreditch Town Hall), The Three Lions (St. James Theater and UK tour), How many miles to Babylon? (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Toro! Bull! (UK tour), Twist of Gold (Polka Theatre), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theater and Westminster Abbey), The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties (Birmingham Rep), If Love Were All, In Praise of Love ( Minerva Theatre, Chichester), The Found Man (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Un Uomo Trovato (Teatro della Limonaia, Florence), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sheffield Theatres) and Breaking The Code (Northampton Theater Royal). He was artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse from 2007 to 2011 where he directed The Game of Love and Chance, The Constant Wife, The Picture, Private Lives, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Winslow Boy, his own adaptation of JL Carr’s A Month in the Country, What the Butler Saw, People at Sea, Alphabetical Order and Corpse! ; and directed and designed Blackbird, Faith Healer, and Toro! Bull! – Nomination for the TMA awards.

The troupe’s last production was Joy Wilkinson’s The Sweet Science of Bruising at the Southwark Playhouse, which transferred to Wilton’s Music Hall and was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best New Play. Other recent work includes Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson at Trafalgar Studios, which starred Tanya Moodie, Elizabeth Berrington, Sheila Reid and Bo Poraj and was nominated for five Off West End awards, including Best Production. Other Southwark Playhouse productions include the centenary revival of JM Barrie’s Dear Brutus and James Shirley’s The Cardinal, which starred Stephen Boxer and Natalie Simpson for which it won the Ian Charleson Award. It was supported by an inaugural MGCfutures Fellowship. The troupe’s previous rediscoveries at the Finborough Theater – Rodney Ackland’s After October, Robert Bolt’s Flowering Cherry and RC Sherriff’s The White Carnation, which moved to the Jermyn Street Theater – have been nominated for a total of five Off West End Awards .

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