Rock Springs – Beginning on February 28th at 7:00 pm, Actors’ Mission will present its first play of 2014; “4000 Miles” by Amy Herzog, directed by Dave Gutierrez. Performances will continue March 1st at 7:00 pm and March 2nd at 2:00 pm, followed by a second weekend of performances March 6-8 at 7:00 pm. All performances will occur at the Elk’s Lodge at 307 C Street in Rock Springs and a complimentary dinner will be served one hour prior to each performance.
“4000 Miles” tells the story of Leo, a young man who loses his best friend to a freak bicycle accident while on a cross country bike trip, who arrives unannounced at his grandmother Vera’s apartment in New York. As an overnight stay lengthens into becoming roommates, a deeply human, and occasionally humorous, story about communication and relationships between generations unfolds.
“Both Leo and Vera find themselves at similar points of crisis at the end of very long journeys,” said director Dave Gutierrez, “Leo is at the end of his 4000 miles; a journey he undertook with a youthful passion but which has ended badly. Vera is nearing the end of very long journey herself; her own life. Both must come to terms with mortality: the young man sadly and suddenly in his friend’s tragic death at a young age, the old lady at the end of her own life confronting the anxieties and infirmities of old age.”
“4000 Miles” premiered off Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim. In 2012, the play won an Obie Award for Best New Drama. In 2013, it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “4000 Miles” was also chosen by the Lincoln Center Theater to be the first show produced in its prestigious New Artists Series.
Gutierrez is assisted on the production by Bishop Hamm, who has performed numerous times for the Actors’ Mission and most recently as Hans in 2013’s “Behind Stone Masks”. In “4000 Miles” he serves as Gutierrez’s assistant director in charge of character development.
The roles of Leo and Vera are played by Lance Diehl and Nina Kessner respectively. Diehl returns to the Actors’ Mission stage after a several year hiatus, having performed previously in such popular shows as 2010’s “Moonlight and Magnolias” and 2008’s “The Laramie Project”. KC Hills makes her debut on the Actors’ Mission stage in the role of Bec, Leo’s estranged girlfriend. The cast also features Morgan Sagdahl as Amanda.
All Actors’ Mission productions are partially funded by Sweetwater BOCES, the Wyoming Arts Council, and donations from the public. More information about Actors’ Mission and “4000 Miles” can be found online at www.actorsmission.org.