Photo of Lucas Hedges and Mike Faist by Shona Louise Photography.
Rehearsals are now underway for the dramatization of Annie Prooulx’s famed short story, Brokeback Mountain, which became an Academy Award-decorated film directed by Ang Lee. Now, a staged version comes to @sohospace in London, beginning May 10, opening May 18, and running until August 12.
At the center of his gay love story are two acclaimed stage and screen stars: Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges. Faist is known for his Tony-nominated turn in Dear Evan Hansen and for his splashy film work as Riff in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. Hedges is an Oscar nominee for Manchester by the Sea and also co-starred in Boy Erased and Lady Bird.
Brokeback Mountain is a new play with music, written by Ashley Robinson with songs by Dan Gillespie Sells, and directed by Jonathan Butterell. Wyoming 1963: a wild landscape where people live in extreme rural poverty in tight, insular and conservative communities. When Ennis and Jack take jobs on the isolated Brokeback Mountain, all their certainties of life change forever as they flounder in unexpected emotional waters of increasing depth. Dan Gillespie-Sells beautiful Country and Western songs weave heartbreakingly through this intense tale of an unresistible and hidden love spanning twenty years and its tragic consequences.
This is a play with original music by Dan Gillespie Sells, performed by the extraordinary singer, Eddi Reader, joined by her onstage Country and Western band: Sean Green (piano/MD), Meelie Traill (upright bass), Julian Jackson (chromatic harmonica), BJ Cole (pedal steel guitar). See the images of Faist and Hedges, all by Shona Louise Photography, below!