Fiona Shaw Stars in The Testament of Mary, Beginning March 26 on Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award nominee and four-time Olivier Award-winning actress Fiona Shaw stars in The Testament of Mary, the Broadway world-premiere stage adaptation of Colm Tóibín's recent novella, which depicts the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, following the crucifixion of Christ. Performances begin March 26 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Shaw reunites with director Deborah Warner for the one-woman work that is playing a limited 12-week engagement through June 16. The Testament of Mary will officially open April 22.
The production marks the first collaboration between Shaw and Warner to premiere in the U.S. The two have earned acclaim for their work on Medea, Happy Days, Mother Courage, Hedda Galber, The Good Person of Sichuan and The Waste Land.
The producers are Scott Rudin (The Book of Mormon, "The Social Network"), Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Roger Berlind, Broadway Across America, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sonia Friedman Productions/Robert G. Bartner, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth and Eli Bush. The production has set design by Tom Pye, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and original music and sound design by Mel Mercier.
Released in November 2012, Tóibín's 96-page novel reflects a new account of Christ, one in which his mother questions her son's death, his divinity and the followers who called him the son of God.
According to producers, "The Testament of Mary takes place after the Crucifixion. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is in the city of Ephesus where she is both guarded and protected. As two of her son's followers set about giving shape to Jesus' story, Mary tells her own story — the one which has not been heard."
Garry Hynes staged a 2011 premiere of the work starring Marie Mullen at the Dublin Theater Festival. That project, billed Testament, gave life to the novel.
Tóibín's works include "The Blackwater Lightship," "The Master," "The South, Homage to Barcelona," "The Heather Blazing," "The Story of the Night" and "Brooklyn."
Walter Kerr Theatre is located at 219 West 48th Street. Tickets are available at the Walter Kerr Theatre box office, at telecharge.com and testamentonbroadway.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.
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