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2003 Festival

Barry Kleinbort

Music Director
David Loud

Timlin Addison, Danny Burstein, Malcolm Gets, John Jellison, Jessica Kostival, George Lovette, David McDonald, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Jim Moye, Adam Pelty, David Pittu, Allyson Turner and Barbara Walsh

Contact for Rights

Bruce Ostler, Bret Adams Ltd, 212-765-5630, Mark Sendroff, 212-840-6400

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 8
Number of Principals (Female): 7
Total Cast Size: 15
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Based on the celebrated novel by Geoff Ryman, Was interweaves two stories told a century apart – the first, in the 1870’s, involving a young orphan named Dorothy Gael; the second, in the 1980’s, regarding Jonathan Wood, a successful but dying actor, whose obsession with The Wizard of Oz leads him to Kansas searching for proof of Dorothy Gael’s existence. Winner of the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Commendation Award and first developed at Lincoln Center Theater, Was is filled with compelling characters whose interconnected journeys create a poignant and unforgettable experience.

Festival Successes

Full productions at the Human Race Theatre Company (OH) in 2004 and the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University (IL) in 2005.