Amphibian opening production of ‘Babette’s Feast’

Amphibian Stage Productions is presenting the Southwest regional premiere of BABETTE’S FEAST as the next production in its celebratory 20th season. The play will run May 3-26.

The play is based upon the short story of the same title written by Karen Blixen, better known by her pen name, Isak Dinesen. The well-known film adaptation of Dinesen’s story won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1988 and is coincidentally among one of Pope Francis’ favorite films. The play’s adaptation was conceived and developed by Abigail Killeen and adapted by Rose Courtney. BABETTE’S FEAST was originally produced by Portland Stage Company and ran Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clements in NYC in 2018. Amphibian Stage Productions is the first company in the nation to produce the play following its Off-Broadway run.

Babette, a fugitive from the French Revolution, finds asylum among the religiously devout townsfolk of a small and isolated Norwegian village. In an act of deep gratitude, Babette prepares a lavish feast. Yet, her culinary brilliance satisfies more than the suppressed appetites of her pious guests. The extravagant meal soon stirs up the spiritual senses as well and becomes a catalyst for transformative grace within the fractured community.

Amphibian’s production of BABETTE’S FEAST is the most ambitious and largest collaborative effort to date in the organization’s history. An ensemble of 10 local professional actors will transform onstage, playing multiple roles throughout the play. Also, an impressive list of guest artists (both local and national) have been assembled. From guest Scenic Designer, Rusty Jones, to local Costume Designer, LaLonnie Lehman, all will be contributing their talents to the overall design of the production.

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Jay Duffer (Director) is the Managing Director of Amphibian Stage Productions. Jay directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017. Past Amphibian acting credits include Wittenberg, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Mystery of Irma Vep and the workshop production of David Davalos’ Daedalus (Retitled A Lost Leonardo).

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