The Citadel Theatre’s new artistic director Daryl Cloran announced his first season on Monday – and revealed what will be his three-word guiding vision for Alberta’s biggest theatre company: Inclusive, innovative and international.
You can see how one or two of these buzzwords might apply to certain shows the 42-year-old director has planned for Edmonton in 2017-18 – such as Corey Payette’s hotly tipped residential-school musical, Children of God, or a new aerial adaptation of Robin Hood penned by Edmonton writer Mieko Ouchi. But all three will combine in the biggest surprise of his inaugural programming – the Canadian premiere of the folk-and-jazz opera Hadestown, part of the show’s planned trajectory to Broadway.
Based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Vermont-based singer-writer Anaïs Mitchell’s musical – which includes a timely gospel anthem called Why We Build the Wall – will play at the Citadel in November in collaboration with American producers Dale Franzen and Mara Isaacs of Octopus Theatricals.
Cloran was smitten by Mitchell’s show last summer off-Broadway in a well-reviewed run at the 200-seat New York Theatre Workshop. “It felt very young and sexy and hip,” he says, explaining why he immediately contacted the producers to see if they might want to have it take its next step in Edmonton.