Full casting is announced for the World Premiere of Paper Dolls, the second production directed by Indhu Rubasingham as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre.
Her debut production, the critically acclaimed Red Velvet, yesterday won two Critics Circle Awards for Adrian Lester as Best Actor and Lolita Chakrabarti as Most Promising Playwright. In 2012 Lolita also received the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards.
Paper Dolls, written by Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of Sundance Theatre, is adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann, which has won multiple awards including three at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival.
The full cast for Paper Dolls is Tom Berish (Yossi), Jane Bertish (Noa), Noa Bodner (Shoshana/Ensemble), Ron Domingo (Chiqui), Ilan Goodman(Shirazi/ Ensemble), Shimi Goodman (Ensemble), Francis Jue (Sally), Jeffry Kaplow (Chaim), Tom Oakley (Ensemble), Angelo Paragoso (Zhan), Jon Norman Schneider (Jiorgio), Caroline Wildi (Adina) and Benjamin Wong (Cheska).
Paper Dolls, in association with Stanley Buchthal and Bob & Co, Ltd, and adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann, runs at the Tricycle Theatre from 28 February until 13 April with press night on 6 March. Design is by Richard Kent, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Ben and Max Ringham, music by Nigel Lilley and Ben and Max Ringham, choreography by Alistair David, video design by Dick Straker, and assistant direction from Sam Pritchard. Paper Dolls was developed, in part, by The Sundance Institute Theatre Program.
"You know, Yossi, we couldn't dress like this in the Philippines... wear earrings, dye my hair, put on make up, lipstick. It's forbidden."
In Tel Aviv, Israel, a group of Filipino immigrants work as live-in carers for elderly Orthodox Jewish men. Six days a week, they provide dedicated support to their employers. But on the seventh day, they transform into a homespun, sassy musical drag act. Meet the Paper Dolls!
An extraordinary true story exploring an unlikely collision of cultures and the universal desire to find 'home'.
Tom Berish's stage credits include The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC, Of Mice and Men at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Family Business at Watford Palace Theatre and Oxford Playhouse, Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, Are We Nearly There Yet? at Wilton's Music Hall and After the End at Battersea Arts Centre. Tom's screen credits include Doctors, The Last Heroes of D-Day and The Village, all for the BBC.
Jane Bertish's stage credits include The House of Bernarda Alba at The Almeida Theatre, A Round Heeled Woman at the Riverside Studios/West End, The Syndicate at Chichester Theatre/National Tour, The Duchess of Malfi at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Copenhagan at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Conversations With My Father at the Old Vic/Scarborough Theatre, Phaedra at the Old Vic/Aldwych Theatre, and Golgo, Seven Lears, The Last Supper, and No End of Blame all at The Royal Court Theatre. Jane's screen credits include My Dad's the Prime Minister, The Sins, Vanity Fair, French and Saunders, and Casualty for the BBC, and Girls on Top and Sword of Honour for Channel 4.