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2006/07 Season
2006/07 PRODUCTIONS
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Philadelphia Premiere
A Novel by JOHN IRVING
Adapted by SIMON BENT
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
September 14 - October 15, 2006

Owen Meany is an unusually small child with a striking voice who considers himself an instrument of God. When he accidentally kills his friend's mother in 1950s New Hampshire, the two boys are forever linked as they search for truth in a provocative dark comedy of friendship, faith and destiny. Published in 1989, the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany became an international phenomenon among readers and critics, hailed by Time as "vintage Irving... a boisterous cast, a spirited story" and "roomy, intelligent, exhilarating... Dickensian in scope" by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. After the play's premiere at the Royal National Theatre in London, the Evening Standard raved: "Simon Bent's adaptation is a triumph of elegant compression...[a] beautiful recreation for the stage of John Irving's epic American novel."

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Critical Acclaim–

"An evening of funny, moving, human theatre... Doug Hara and Ian Merrill Peakes are flat-out spectacular." –Chestnut Hill Local  [Read review]

"Expertly played... A reason to believe in the power of live performance." –Backstage  [Read review]

"The Arden Theatre is giving [A Prayer for Owen Meany] a wonderful local premiere. Director Terrence J. Nolen has assembled a terrific cast with Doug Hara in the title role. The role of Owen Meany is a challenge Hara handles with great range and charisma. Don't miss A Prayer for Owen Meany." –WRTI 90.1-FM

"Breathtaking... replete with elegiac lyricism." –Philadelphia City Paper

"Transforming an epic novel into a workable stage play is not an easy assignment, and yet British playwright Simon Bent has worked wonders with A Prayer for Owen Meany. The wonders don't stop there. Terrence Nolen has assembled an impressive 15-member cast... Doug Hara provides a riveting performance in the title role. A Prayer for Owen Meany, at the Arden, certainly does justice to both the book and the theatre." –KYW Newsradio  [Read review]

"Arden offers a first-rate dramatization of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany... [a] stellar cast." –Main Line Ticket  [Read review]
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A Prayer for Owen Meany
Cast
Kevin Bergen
Corinna Burns
Kristyn Chouiniere
Foster Cronin
Scott Greer
Doug Hara
Anthony Lawton
Mary Martello
Paul L. Nolan
Ian Merrill Peakes
Karen Peakes
David Raphaely
Janice Rowland
Catharine K. Slusar
Maureen Torsney-Weir

Scenic Designer
Christopher Pickart
Costume Designer
Alison Roberts
Lighting Designer
Kenton Yeager
Composer/Sound Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Puppet Designer
Aaron Cromie
Assistant Director
Matthew Decker
Stage Manager
Francis deSales Brookes


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