A Game of Black and White: The Tale of Oceanic 815
Passion. Dedication. Remembrance. Art. If there is one thing we absolutely love using Luner on Theatre for, it would be to promote new musical theatre. However, today we are lucky enough to combine that love, with our love for supporting those we know as well. A brand new company, a brand new production and a brand new story for Luner on Theatre we couldn’t be happier to bring you. Today, Luner on Theatre is happy to bring you a first hand look into Sweetfeet Productions and their new original musical, A Game of Black and White: The Tale of Oceanie 815.
Sweetfeet Productions came together to honor the memory of Terrance Calvert, a beloved member of Upper Darby Summer Stage, the place where every single member of Sweetfeet discovered the spark and joy of creating theater. Sweetfeet Productions is a group of young twenty-somethings who love to perform and more importantly, create. The company’s first legit production will be the staging of A Game of Black and White: The Tale of Oceanic 815. The new musical is a parody based off of the ABC series, LOST, originally created by JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. The production features a book by Jared Paxson and Chris Monaco with music by Sean Skahill and Daniel Matarazzo. The show is directed by Bonnie Baldini.
A Game of Black and White: The Tale of Oceanie 815 is set to make it’s world premiere on May 24th, 2013 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Drexel Hill, PA. The show will hold two performances with one at 4 PM and one at 9 PM.
The cast includes Jared Paxson as Jack Shephard, Chris Monaco as John Locke, Steve Fala as Ben Linus , Sean Skahill as Charlie Pace , Dan Matarazzo as Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes, Andrew Goebel/Mike Jansen as Sawyer Ford, Jenna Rogalski as Kate Austen, Malik Muhammad as Sayid Jarrah, Tristan Horan as Desmond Hume, Lauren McKeown as Claire Littleton, Alison Liney as Boone Carlyle/Libby Smith/Ana Lucia Cortez, Megan Smith as Shannon Rutherford/Nikki Fernandez/Penny Widmore, Ali Caiazzo as Juliet Burke, Rachel Medori as Rose Nadler/Danielle Rousseau, John Wendling as Bernard Nadler/Flashjack!/Jacob, Joe Paparo as Edward Mars/Christian Shephard/Man in Black/Paulo and Bonnie Baldini as Redshirt.
When I got a chance to speak with book writer and actor Chris Monaco (Pictured Below) about the production, I asked him: How did you choose LOST for your first production through Sweetfeet?
Monaco: We started bouncing around ideas, and finally it dawned on us – why not do a parody musical of LOST, which is a tv show about half of the group adored, and the other half had not watched. Simply put, we were enchanted by the story of LOST. The idea that a group of lost souls were brought together by fate and forced to confront their fears on an island really resonated with us. Plus it’s such an epic show that it’s very easy to make fun of certain conventions of the storytelling. We absolutely want fans of the show to be able to watch and laugh, to celebrate the wonders of the work of Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindeloff, but also for first-time viewers (because the show is now completed, some people haven’t heard its name in a while) to appreciate the show for what it is.
Luner on Theatre is very happy to be bringing you inside coverage on the first ever show for Sweetfeet Productions! We will continue to bring you more details on A Game of Black and White: The Tale of Oceanic 815 all the way up until the day of it’s world premiere! Check back for more coverage as we bring you even more information about this new company and new production. For more information, go and LIKE Sweetfeet Production’s Official Facebook Page! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!