Cry Eden (The Cain and Abel Project) is a new play with music exploring the myth of Cain and Abel as the very first coming of age story. The piece examines sibling rivalry, the impulse towards violence and the struggle of growing up in a world where the rules are not quite clear. Cry Eden features The Descendants of Cain – a folk/rock band made up of the ensemble that guides our narrative and grounds it in the present day.
Inspired by our theatrical heroes Kneehigh Theatre and Complicité, Cry Eden is a highly theatrical performance combining music, movement and many different forms of storytelling. The piece asks why this first story of fratricide lives on in so many different cultures, and what the way we tell it says about us in America today.
Conceived by Patrick Barrett, Tommy Crawford, and Sarah Elizabeth Wansley
Play by Patrick Barrett
Music and lyrics by Tommy Crawford
Directed by Sarah Wansley
Movement Director Laura Brandel
Developed with Chris Cornwell, Will Cobbs, Tommy Crawford, Kendal Hartse, Graham Halstead, Wheaton Simis, Alex Trow, Tony Vo, and Teddy Yudain
Cry Eden received a workshop production November 17-20, 2016
At the Access Theater Black Box, Tribeca, New York City
Produced by Taylor Norton and Hannah Rosenthal
In association with Lindsay Wormser
Set Design by Reid Thompson
Costume Design by Amy Sutton
Sound Design by Lawrence Schober
Lighting Design by Aaron Tacy
Assistant Director Mandy Heiser
Production Stage Manager Emily Roth
Cry Eden is currently in development. To learn more about the project, please visit www.thecainandabelproject.com.
Photos from the workshop production below.
Demo Recordings from Cry Eden (The Cain and Abel Project)
Conceived by Patrick Barrett, Tommy Crawford, and Sarah Wansley
Music and Lyrics by Tommy Crawford
Tracks 1-3 engineered by Pierre-Andre Rigoll at Analogue Muse, NYC
Track 4 engineered by Splash Yang at University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Tommy Crawford - lead vocals (1, 2, 4), electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, percussion
Tony Vo - backup vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion
Kendal Hartse - lead vocals (3), backup vocals, violin
Eric Allen - cello
Nathaniel Silberschlag - french horn
Graham Halstead, Wheaton Simis, Alexandra Trow - chorus (2)