Francesca Carpanini and Uly Schlesinger Talk About Their "Indefensible Characters" in This Beautiful Future | Playbill

Video Francesca Carpanini and Uly Schlesinger Talk About Their "Indefensible Characters" in This Beautiful Future

The love story between two teenagers, a girl in occupied France and a Nazi soldier, currently runs Off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theater.

Stars of Rita Kalnejais' This Beautiful Future Francesca Carpanini (All My Sons) and Uly Schlesinger (HBO Max's Genera+ion) sat down with Playbill to talk about the Off-Broadway show currently running at Cherry Lane Theater through October 30. 

This Beautiful Future is set in the middle of World War II as two teenagers take shelter from a divided world. Elodie is French and 17. Otto, a German soldier, is 16. Safe from the debris outside, they meet secretly for one night, fall in love, and fall through time.

The two talked about their characters, the questions the play provokes its audience to consider—like "who deserves empathy"—and what they hope people will talk about over dinner after seeing the show.

SEE: Go Inside Rehearsals for Off-Broadway's This Beautiful Future

The two are joined in the cast by Tony nominee Austin Pendleton (The Little Foxes, The Minutes) and Angelina Fiordellisi, and are directed by Jack Serio. The show began previews September 10 and opened September 20.

The creative team for This Beautiful Future includes scenic designer Frank J. Oliva, lighting designer Stacey Derosier, costume designer Ricky Reynoso, sound desgner Christopher Darbassie, projection designer Lacey Erb, production stage manager Ashley-Rose Galligan, and assistant stage manager Ryan Kane. Casting is by Taylor Williams, and general management is by Mott/Fischer Productions.

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See Production Photos of Off-Broadway's This Beautiful Future


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