Building on its reputation for creating new and exciting theater that is relevant to the Berks County community, Reading Theater Project proudly announces its upcoming production, Piper’s Pitch from September 28 to October 7, 2018 at the WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St., Reading, Pa.
Written and directed by Joel Richard Gori, with music composed by Chris Heslop, Reading Theater Project’s new production will utilize the fable of the Pied Piper of Hamelin to explore our current social climate.
"A grown-up version of the classic tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin was a perfect fit for the RTP season theme, Fact or Fiction?," said playwright and director Joel Gori, co-artistic director of the company. "In the original story, the Town Councilors are fraudulent to the young man who rids the town of their problems. In my retelling of the tale, nobody trusts anyone, similar to the current climate of our country: Who do we believe? Where do we put our trust? Who do we turn to when we lose faith in those who lead us? With music, movement, humorous songs, theatricality and poignancy, creating this piece has made me smile."
Piper - Ryan Cassidy
Anna – Kath Godwin
Rat Catcher – Joel Lesher
Son – Jack Woods
Villager 1 & Town Councilor 1 – Christopher David Roche
Villager 2 & Town Counclior 2 & Auslander – Matt Mangus
Villager 3 & Corporate – Emily Hannon
Villager 4 & Mayor – Vicki Haller Graff
Joel Richard Gori – Playwright & Director
Chris Heslop - Composer
Jewell Brown - Assistant Stage Manager and Sound Designer
Craig Dodge - Lighting Designer and Technical Director
Kathie Kustudich - Props Designer
Amy Monizingo - Costume Designer
Andrew Pochan - Scenic Designer
Sean Sassaman - Production Stage Manager
Michael Evangelista - Bass
Jill Haley - Woodwinds
Lars Potteiger - Piano