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Regional News See Who's Starring in Signature Theatre's Where the Mountain Meets the Sea

Written by The Morning Show's Jeff Augustin, the Virginia production also features music by The Bengsons.

Isaac “Deacon Izzy” Bell and Robert Cornelius

Casting and creative team have been announced for Signature Theatre's upcoming production of Where the Mountain Meets the Sea, which will play May 21–July 7 in Signature’s ARK Theatre.

Written by Jeff Augustin (The Morning Show) with music by The Bengsons (Hundred Days), Where the Mountain Meets the Sea will be directed by Timothy Douglas with choreography by Dane Figueroa Edidi and music direction by Rob Morrison.

The cast will include Isaac “Deacon Izzy” Bell as Jonah and Robert Cornelius as Jean with musical performances from music director Rob Morrison and Awa Sal Secka.

In the play, following the death of his estranged father, a son recreates the cross-country trip his Haitian immigrant parents took before he was born. As he traces their journey across America, and bonds with the music his father adored, time blurs and erases the distance between them. 

"There remains a perpetual mystery that weaves itself through the already elusive bonds between fathers and their queer sons, and one I continue to seek resolve with, through my ongoing theatrical journey, now that my own father has transitioned beyond the veil,” said director Douglas in a statement. “Such inherent navigational challenges are magnified when viewed through the culturally-specific lens of Jean, a Haitian immigrant, and his American born son, Jonah. Playwright Jeff Augustin has penned a parallel exploration for this father/son team in an authentically personal dramatic reflection that freely travels across time and space and explores their several emotionally-fractured relationships with pure compassion and clear insight. Infused with the heart-centered lyrics and music of iconic folk duo, The Bengsons, Where the Mountain Meets the Sea is where evolving memory finds empathy and acceptance.”

The upcoming production will also have scenic design by Tony Cisek, costume design by Moyenda Kulemeka, lighting design by Harold F. Burgess II, sound design by Eric Norris, and casting by Jorge Acevedo.

Samantha Wilhelm is the production stage manager, and Jessica Hagy is the production assistant.


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