Cana­dian stage leg­end to join cast of ‘Evan­ge­line’

Brent Carver, a Tony-Award win­ning star of Broad­way and Lon­don’s West End to play Fa­ther Feli­cian

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre and The Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val have an­nounced the cast­ing of Brent Carver, one of the finest stage ac­tors and mu­si­cal theatre stars in the busi­ness, for this fall’s re­turn of the heroic love story, “Evan­ge­line”.

More than 40 years af­ter first star­ring here as Ham­let in Kronborg: 1582, the ac­claimed Bri­tish Columbia-born ac­tor will make his re­turn to the Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val when Ted Dykstra’s Evan­ge­line opens here on Sept. 10. In both Char­lot­te­town and then at the Ci­tadel Theatre in Ed­mon­ton, Carver will play Fa­ther Feli­cian, the peace­ful, much-loved priest and spir­i­tual guide for Evan­ge­line, Gabriel, and the Aca­dian peo­ple of Grand Pré.

“I am thrilled that Brent has joined this in­cred­i­ble cast,” says Bob Baker, di­rec­tor of “Evan­ge­line” and artis­tic di­rec­tor at the Ci­tadel. “His ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent, his emo­tional in­ten­sity, and bright spirit will make for a mem­o­rable per­for­mance. Au­di­ences in both Char­lot­te­town and Ed­mon­ton are for­tu­nate to wit­ness the art of this na­tional trea­sure.”

Renowned for his re­mark­able ver­sa­til­ity, Carver has tack­led the clas­sics at the Stratford Fes­ti­val and in cabaret, TV and film. He is best known for his Broad­way de­but in “Kiss of the Spi­der Woman”, which earned him his first best ac­tor Tony, and for other lead­ing roles on Broad­way and Lon­don’s West End, in­clud­ing another Tony nom­i­na­tion for Pa­rade.

“I am thrilled and hum­bled to a part of this breath­tak­ing, life­giv­ing story,” says Carver. “Evan­ge­line is a quest for home, for heart, and for true faith.

Over 40 years ago both the Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val and the Ci­tadel Theatre gen­er­ously of­fered me, as a young ac­tor, each of these pre­cious gifts, for which I am ever grate­ful. And now to share in this part of “Evan­ge­line’s” jour­ney, with Bob and Ted and Josée and Mr. Longfel­low, and these two fine com­pa­nies, as one, is a priv­i­lege.”

Af­ter an out­stand­ing ap­pear­ance in 2014 where he shared the stage with Ru­fus Wain­wright at the Lu­mi­nato Fes­ti­val, Carver was hon­oured with a Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Per­form­ing Arts Award for Life­time Artis­tic Achieve­ment (Theatre). His cel­e­brated ca­reer in TV and film in­cludes roles in “This is Won­der­land”, “The Leg­end of Sleepy Hol­low”, Atom Egoyan’s “Ararat” and “Deeply” with Kirsten Dunst. He is also a found­ing artist with Toronto’s Theatre 20.

Evan­ge­line be­gins pre­views Sept. 14 in Char­lot­te­town and runs un­til Oct. 10, be­gin­ning again Satur­day, Oct. 31 in Ed­mon­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.con­fed­er­a­tioncen­tre.com or www.citadelthe­atre.com.

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