Misty by Arinzé Kene
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Preview performances are March 3 to 8. For a limited time, preview tickets are $49 or less.
About this program
“The production, from the director Omar Elerian, is beautifully atmospheric, propulsive and often a sensory feat.”
—The New York Times
“Kene shines and redefines the solo show form.”
—New York Theatre Guide
“Kene is a positively electrifying presence, a what-can’t-he-do performer with an impressive gift for physical comedy.”
—NY Stage Review
“Four Rising Theater Stars to Watch This Spring”
—The New York Times
“Arinzé Kene’s Postmodern Portrait of a One-Man Show”
—The New Yorker
“A punch of superbly fierce defiance”
—Time Out London
“One of Britain’s most exciting young playwrights”
“Arinzé Kene writes and performs explosively […] the production never stops crackling.”
“Arinzé Kene is blazingly charismatic.”
Fusing live music, spoken word, and absurdist comedy, Misty is an exhilarating journey through a city in flux, transporting audiences to the streets of gentrifying London in an exploration of the pressures and expectations that come with being an artist in our time.
In a performance that is part poem, part concert, part confession, Olivier Award–nominee Arinzé Kene self-consciously wrestles with cultural representation and identity politics as they pertain to a new play he has been commissioned to write. Most recently seen as Bob Marley in the smash-hit West End musical Get Up Stand Up!, Kene is now making his US stage debut with this riveting production directed by Omar Elerian. A pulsating original score composed by Kene, Adrian McLeod, and Shiloh Coke is performed by a live band featuring co-musical directors Liam Godwin (keys/synth) and Nadine Lee (drums/bass).
When it premiered at London’s Bush Theatre, Misty was hailed as “one of the great theater success stories of 2018” (The Guardian) and “a tour de force by a force of nature” (The Upcoming) before it transferred to the West End—making Kene only the second Black British playwright to have a play produced in the West End—and garnered 2019 Olivier Award nominations for Best New Play and Best Actor.
Misty was originally commissioned and produced by the Bush Theatre in London, Madani Younis, Executive Producer, and had its world premiere on March 21, 2018. Misty transferred to the West End for a limited run presented by Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Jonathan Church Productions, Eilene Davidson, and Audible from September 8 to November 17, 2018.
Creative Team, Cast, and Stage Management
Arinzé Kene MBE is an award-winning writer and performer, who has most recently been seen as Bob Marley in the smash-hit West End musical Get Up Stand Up!, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. Prior to this, Arinzé’s one-man play Misty ran at the Bush Theatre to critical acclaim before transferring to the West End and garnering two Olivier Award nominations. Other stage roles include Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Girl From the North Country (Old Vic Theatre), and Death of a Salesman (Young Vic Theatre).
Key screen credits include Julia Hart’s I’m Your Woman (Amazon), Dominic Savage’s BAFTA-nominated I Am… anthology series (Channel 4), Been So Long opposite Michaela Coel (Netflix), Flack (PopTV), Our Girl (BBC One), and Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl. For his lead role in The Pass, he was nominated for the 2016 BIFA’s Best Supporting Actor and won the 2016 Evening Standard Film Awards’ Best Supporting Actor.
Omar Elerian is a freelance director, dramaturg, and theater-maker. Italian of Palestinian descent, Elerian trained in Italy and then graduated from Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris in 2005. He was the resident associate director at London’s Bush Theatre from 2012 to 2019 where he commissioned and directed some of the theater’s most successful shows.
His directing credits include the smash-hit Misty by Arinzé Kene (Bush Theatre and West End), NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour (Bush Theatre, Traverse Theatre, and world tour), Going Through by Estelle Savasta, and Islands by Caroline Horton. Other credits include the Olivier Award–nominated show You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy by Caroline Horton and the acclaimed site-specific show The Mill: City of Dreams, co-created with Madani Younis for Freedom Studios. His most recent directing credits include The Return of Danton by Syrian playwright Mudar Alhaggi, which premiered at Munich Kammerspiele in Germany; The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco, starring Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni at the Almeida Theatre in London; and the Theatre Uncut Political Theatre Award–winning play Two Palestinians Go Dogging by Sami Ibrahim at the Royal Court.
Liam Godwin is a British-born, multi-instrumentalist musical director, composer, conductor, arranger specializing in piano, vocals, organ, and drums. His West End debut was as original associate music director on Get Up Stand UP! The Bob Marley Musical (Lyric Theatre). In October 2022, he took over the role of deputy musical director. He is the youngest West End conductor/musical director.
Godwin trained at the BRIT School. His other projects include: West End Musical Christmas 2022 (Musical Director, Lyric Theatre); Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute Concert (Musical Director ,The Other Palace Theatre); BBC’s Big Night of Musicals (Keys, AO Arena Manchester/BBC 1 Primetime show); MasterCard/BPI (Musical Director/Vocal Arranger, The Gherkin); and the BRIT Awards Diamond Dinner 2019 (Choir MD/Vocal Arranger). Godwin was also the face of the 2021 Yamaha Silent Piano commercial campaign.
Nadine Lee is an artist, drummer, bass player and singer/songwriter. Lee has worked alongside many music artists including Lizzo, Stormzy, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Annie Lennox, Stephen Warbeck, Wise Children, Headlong, Cece Winans, Ekklesia UK, London Community Gospel Choir, Lamar, Jamilia, Bryan McFaden, Katie Mueller, and P Diddy.
Theater credits include The Lightning Child (Bass Guitar, Shakespeare’s Globe); Junkyard (Drummer, Bristol Old Vic/UK tour); This House (Drummer, Leeds Playhouse/UK tour); Peter Pan (Drummer, White City Theatre); Josephine (Composer/Musical Director, The Egg Theatre); Bagdad Café (Musical Director, The Old Vic Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Musical Director, National Theatre/UK tour); and Othello (Musical Director/Arranger, The Watermill Theatre). Film credits include The Man in The Hat (appeared as Nadine Lee, leader of the Nadine Lee Band).
Lee is an artist with more to her than meets the eye, with a deepness to her music that triggers emotional connectivity and honesty. In a word, Nadine Lee is “REAL.”
Daniel Denton is a London-based visual artist and video designer. With a background in illustration and experimental film, he has created live visuals across theater, opera, dance, fashion, broadcast, and installation, and his video design work has garnered him multiple award nominations. Recent credits include Kinky Boots (New Wolsey/Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Happy Meal (Traverse/Australian Tour/ Brixton House); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Leeds Playhouse/HOME Manchester); The Bone Sparrow (York Theatre Royal/UK tour); iGirl and On Raftery’s Hill (Abbey Theatre); For The Grace of You Go I (Theatre Clwyd); Whitewash (Soho Theatre); Flashdance (UK tour/South Korean Tour); Sketching (Wilton’s Music Hall); Ready or Not (Arcola Theatre/UK tour); and Misty (Bush Theatre/Trafalgar Studios).
Nominations include a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Video Design (Misty), a Broadway World UK Award for Best Video Design (Happy Meal), an Off West End Award for Best Video Design (Misty, Sketching), and a Theatre and Technology Award for Creative Innovation in Video (Ready or Not).
Liam Godwin, Musician/Raymond
Nadine Lee, Musician/Donna
Ifeoluwa Adeniyi, Little Girl
Braxton Paul, Little Girl
Drum programming by Nadine Lee
Michael Ruiz-del-Vizo, Associate Scenic Designer
Joe Hornsby, Assistant Lighting Designer (UK)
Kathrine R Mitchell, Assistant Lighting Designer (NYC)
Richard Bell, Associate Sound Designer (UK)
Matthew Deinhart, Associate Video Designer
Georgia Clegg, Ana Stefaniak, Rafael Vartanian, and Paul Deziel, Animators
Lillis Meeh, Associate Special Effects Designer
Katia Carmichael, Assistant Special Effects Designer
Carrie Mossman, Props Coordinator
Mary Halliday, Props Assistant (UK)
Alex Horner, Costume Coordinator (UK)
Luke Simcock, Costume Coordinator (NYC)
Michael Letzig, Scenic Artist
Micah Zucker, Production Audio
Dave Hurley, A1
Sam Ward, A2
Maytté Martinez, Head Lighting
Anastasia Sioris, Lighting Programmer
Josh Galitzer, Head Carpenter
Carl Battista, Deck Crew
Brian Beasley, Production Video
Ryan McLendon, Video Operator
Ann Comanar, Head Wardrobe
Javon Mount, Dresser
Jenna Bauman, Child Guardian
Coral Cohen, Covid Health and Safety Manager
Jessie Sabatino, Covid Health and Safety Manager
Hayley Bowman, Production Assistant (UK)
Kathleen Carragee, Production Assistant (NYC)
The Rights Workshop, Music Clearance
Childrens’ studio teacher(s) provided by On Location Education
Scenery by Upstate Scenic
Additional staging by Steeldeck
Additional lighting equipment by Christie Lites and 4Wall
Additional audio equipment by Production Resource Group
Additional soft goods by Rose Brand
Additional video equipment by Production Resource Group
Special effects by J&M Special Effects
Polk & Co., Press Representatives
Misty was rehearsed at English National Ballet
Special thanks to Nike
Madani Younis, Chief Executive Producer
Daisy Peele, Producer of Misty, Associate Producer
Annabel Thompson, Associate Producer
Laura Aswad, Producer
Frank Butler, Director of Production
Sarah Pier, Production Manager
7 months ago
Misty by Arinzé Kene has been developed over several years and across continents. This production owes a massive debt of gratitude to ALL those who have helped and given so much in service to this show! We might not have enough space to write everyone’s names in this small section but we see you, know you, and are forever thankful to you.
Matthew Bayam-Shaw, Playful Productions; Alistair Smith, editor of The Stage; James Bierman, Empire Street Productions; The Bush Theatre and its gifted staff team and Board of Directors; Jonathan Badyal, Universal Music; Mark Hicks; Grace Chan, English National Ballet; Uzma Hassan, Little House Productions; Chrystal Genesis. Stance Podcast; Tamika Abaka-Wood, B+A; Jessica Campbell, producer; Mesmer; Omolola Akunile; Gayna Holcomb; Yamin Choudhry, Hackney Empire; and Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, City of London.
- This production uses fog, haze, and strobe effects, as well as loud sound effects
- This production includes adult and culturally sensitive language as well as partial nudity; recommended for ages 12+
- Running time: 2 hours, with intermission
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Location and dates
March 3 – April 2, 2023
Tuesday – Thursday, 7 pm
Friday, 8 pm
Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday, 3 pm
Preview performances March 3 – 8
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