St. Ann’s Warehouse and Good Chance will present a return engagement of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's The Jungle to the Brooklyn theatre where it sold-out its American premiere in 2018. The St. Ann's Warehouse run is slated to begin February 18 and continue through March 19.
Directed by Stephen Daldry (The Crown, The Inheritance) and Justin Martin (The Crown, Prima Facie), the upcoming run will feature returning cast members from its 2018 American premiere, including Ammar Haj Ahmad as the narrator Safi, Ben Turner as Salar, Moein Ghobsheh as Omid, Yasin Moradi as Hamid, Jonathan Nyati as Mohammed, Dominic Rowan as Derek, and Mohamed Sarrar as Omar.
Joining them for their St. Ann’s Warehouse debuts are Jonathan Case as Sam, Waleed Elgadi as Ali, Max Geller as Henri/French Police/Yasin, Mylène Gomera as Helene, Julie Hesmondhalgh as Paula, Liv Hill as Beth, Rudolphe Mdlongwa as Okot, Twana Omer as Norullah, Pearce Quigley as Boxer, and Fedrat Sadat as Maz, with ensemble members Fayez Bakhsh, Beko Wood, and Ruth Yeman.
Co-written by Murphy and Robertson, The Jungle remembers the bulldozed camp in Calais, which had become home to thousands of refugees awaiting a "good chance" passage to the United Kingdom. The refugees transformed the temporary lodging into a society of its own with restaurants, shops, a school, a church, and a sauna. It places audiences in a faithful replication of an Afghan restaurant, "where endless cycles of survival and threat, failed social contracts, creative thought and action, and acts of compassion unfold."
Murphy and Robertson say, “The Jungle asks whether the pain of living together outweighs the pain of living alone. The dramatic changes in the world since March 2020 have given us all new perspectives on this question.”
Susan Feldman, founding artistic director of St. Ann’s Warehouse, adds, “The Jungle offers a poignant response to the harm and danger faced by those crossing borders in search of safety and home. We hope the production’s return to the U.S. will sound the alarm and encourage people toward empathy, to take action on behalf of our shared humanity.”