Babette’s Feast, the play, is premiering in January of 2018 at Portland Stage, ME, having been built with enhancement funds for an Off-Broadway transfer. Based on the short story by Isak Dinesen and made famous by the 1987 Academy Award-winning film, the play is a beautiful adaptation of the story of Babette, a French refugee, who finds asylum in an overly pious and bleak Norwegian village. With radical generosity, she throws a lavish feast, demonstrating such sacrifice and compelling grace that it transforms the village.
The Off-Broadway transfer is set for March 2018 with St. Clement’s Theatre in the NYC theatre district as the venue for a 6-month run. Of note, Tony award winner Christopher Akerlind is contracted as the scenic and lighting designer. Also, Karin Coonrod will be directing the play. Karin recently directed Shakespeare’s The Merchant in Venice in Venice, Italy for the 500th anniversary of the story. She reproduced the production on Off-Off-Broadway here in the States last month and received a positive review by the lead theatre critic for the NY Times, Ben Brantley.