A fully produced standalone audio theater recording of Rapunzel Solo by award-winning playwright Olivier Mike Kenny (Walking the Tightrope) is being released ahead of the world premiere production which will premiere live next spring.
The live performances, presented by the 24th Street Theater in association with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, will take place March 12-19 at Wallis, followed by a six-week run, March 26-May 1, at 24th Street. The audio recording will be available for free listening from Friday October 1 at www.thewallis.org/raiponce.
Commissioned by the 24th Street Theater, Rapunzel Alone is a sophisticated reinvention of the classic fairy tale that appeals to adults and children alike.
We are in 1944 and the bombs fall on London. With her mom and dad on the front lines, Lettie is evacuated to the countryside, where she finds refuge on Miss Pearce’s farm. But at what cost ? Does finding safety for a 12-year-old Métis city dweller in a homogeneous rural community amount to isolating her in a tower?
“When Mike and I first envisioned the play, we wanted to tackle the growing isolation young people feel because of social media,” says Devine. “Then the pandemic struck, and the whole world fell into loneliness and isolation. Our message is how the comforting power of connection heals the agony of isolation.”
The audio recording features the voices of Rayna Campbell, Brian Inerfeld, Jay McAdams and Feyisola Soetan and is narrated, compellingly, by the playwright himself. It is co-directed by 24th Street Theater Artistic Director Debbie Devine and Jesús Castaños Chima, who will also co-direct on-stage productions in 2022. The original music is composed by Bradley Brough. Audio production, sound design and Foley are by several award-winning audio producers Jeff Gardner.
An additional art project created by local Los Angeles high school student Leah Abazari under the mentorship of Emmy-nominated designer Matthew G. Hill will be available for download alongside the play. “Lettie’s Journal,” a hauntingly beautiful visual recording of the character’s experiences – from goodbye to her mother at the train station, to her isolation and loneliness on the farm – can be viewed before, during or after hearing the play in order to deepen the listening experience.
“We are very happy to share such a beautiful audio recording as a wonderful preview of the live performance here at The Wallis next year,” said Wallis Artistic Director. Paul Crewes. “This project and its approach to telling this classic story are as impressive as the people involved in creating it.”
24th Street Theater is a multi-award-winning professional theater company known for producing emotionally rich and provocative productions for families.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a vibrant cultural center and community resource where local, national and International artists share their artistic talent with an increasingly large audience.
Rapunzel Alone can be enjoyed by adults and children aged 7 and over.