ZACH Theatre Announces Cast for 'Sunday in the Park with George'

Austin’s ZACH Theatre has announced the cast for their production of the Pulitzer and Tony Award®-winning musical, “Sunday in the Park with George.” With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, “Sunday in the Park with George” will be on ZACH's Topfer Stage from May 30 through June 24, under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley with musical direction by Allen Robertson.

 Photos by Kirk Tuck

Photos by Kirk Tuck

"'White. A blank page or canvas...' are the opening lyrics sung by Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park,” Dave Steakley explains. “In our production, we will tell this story the way that theatre artists embark on a creative process, which is to start with a bare stage - the Topfer will be a fully exposed playing space where we see each creative design element made in front of us. The orchestra will be on stage because I want the audience to visually experience the way composer Stephen Sondheim sonically paints with his musical score. And Cecil Washington, Jr., who plays Georges, will be painting amongst the orchestra the way a conductor 'paints' with his baton, cueing in each section of musicians."

Directed by Dave Steakley, Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece is a living painting by artist Georges Seurat, and centers on the artist as he discovers unimaginable possibilities while creating an enduring work of art. Seurat, known for juxtaposing points of multi-colored paint to allow the viewer's eye to blend the colors, connects the dots that make life so passionate, unexpected, heartbreaking, and ultimately rapturous. The live, on-stage orchestra brings the radiant score about the art of making art - and love - soaring to brilliant life with "tension, composition, balance, light, and harmony." The gift of this musical is that the people who are the most different from us, may be the persons who illuminate ourselves to ourselves, and hold the key to our heart.

The Cast

  • Cecil Washington, Jr. — George
  • Jill Blackwood — Dot / Marie
  • Janis Stinson — Old Lady / Blair Daniels
  • Amber Quick — Mrs. / Nurse / Harriet Pawling
  • Tyler Jones — Franz / Dennis
  • Brian Coughlin — Man / Mr. / Lee Randolph
  • Bruce Bowen — Bather Boy
  • Logan Marcum — Bather Boy
  • Amy Downing — Yvonne / Naomi Eisen
  • Jamie Goodwin — Jules / Bob Greenberg
  • Paul Sanchez — Louis / Billy Webster
  • Matthew Treviño — Boatman / Charles Redmond
  • Amanda Clifton — Celeste #2 / Elaine ; Understudy for Dot / Marie
  • Sarah Marie Curry — Celeste #1 / Photographer
  • Blakeney Mahlstedt — Louise
  • Mariela Denson — Louise
  • Lara Wright — Frieda / Betty
  • Connor Barr — Young Man / Soldier #1 / Alex
  • J. Dylan Gibson — Solider #2 / Photographer

The Production Team

  • Dave Steakley — Director
  • Allen Robertson — Music Director
  • Cliff Simon — Scenic Designer
  • Stephanie Busing — Projection Designer
  • Susan Branch Towne — Costume Designer
  • Serret Jensen — Hair and Makeup Designer
  • Sarah Maines — Lighting Designer
  • Carlos Nine — Lighting Design Assistant
  • Craig Brock — Sound Designer
  • Scott Groh — Properties Designer
  • Catherine Anne Tucker — Stage Manager
  • Kat Kennedy — Assistant Stage Manager
  • Tyler Osgood — Assistant Stage Manager
  • Brody Thrash — Stage Management Intern

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