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Broadway’s Christina Sajous directs Green Day’s American Idiot at Weathervane Theatre

Broadway’s Christina Sajous directs Green Day’s American Idiot at Weathervane Theatre

WHITEFIELD, NH - June 29, 2021 - Weathervane Theatre is pleased to welcome Broadway veteran Christina Sajous to the Weathervane as director of Green Day’s American Idiot. An extensive career in theatre and television, Christina makes her directorial debut with Green Day’s American Idiot, the same show she made her Broadway debut as a member of the original Broadway company.

Sajous reflects:

“As a director I have more of an opportunity to explore American Idiot from all dimensions. As an actor, I enjoy the dissection of the psychological and physical journey of a character, but as a director I help bridge the communication between character to story and story to audience. It's very rare to revisit a show after 11 years, but it's even rarer to have the freedom to reinvestigate the story with new artists, my personal experiences and points of view, while maintaining the integrity and heart of what was originally intended.”

Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum concept album of the same name, this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion is inspired by contemporary media featuring music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. American Idiot’s politically charged narrative is a voyage of discovery for three bored teens who struggle to find themselves in a post-9/11 world that’s gone haywire. Originally written as a social commentary on the media and political arenas during the George W. Bush administration, this Tony Award-winning musical about finding one’s way and identity is as timely as it is timeless.

“Unfortunately, I hate to admit it, but American Idiot has as much (possibly more..) relevancy now, than it did in 2010,” said Sajous. “Mostly because we should have been further along after everything we experienced after 9/11… but here we are in 2021 surviving a pandemic, protesting against race wars, killing/attacking innocent human beings, suicides, families divided, countries divided, political bullies, broken dreams and broken hearts. The pandemic was the year of fighting viruses with many highs and lows…globally. American Idiot is a universal story that touches the many facets of our lives from history, to present day… yet giving birth to the “hope” of a better future.”

Speaking of a better future, Weathervane’s cast of American Idiot features 10 incredibly talented and promising early career artists: Ricky Moyer (Johnny), Nate Blakley (Will), Nicole Fluegge (Heather), Kinza Surani (Whatshername), Jewell Noel (The Extraordinary Girl), Nasir Panjwani (Tunny), Nicholas Cooper (St. Jimmy), Sunayna “Sunny” Smith (Favorite Son), Connor Buonaccorsi (Dance Captain / Ensemble) and Matthew J. Kelly (Ensemble).

“I am impressed with not just the cast, but the entire team of Weathervane,” said Sajous. “Everyone is working, performing, rehearsing various shows at once, and to still walk into the room with a grounded focus and physical agility that is required for American Idiot blows my mind. They have inspired me to fall in love with the theatre again.”

In addition to direction by Sajous, Weathervane’s production of Green Day’s American Idiot features music direction by Ben Covello and choreography by Marisa Kirby. Additional creative team: Rien Schlecht (Production Management), Kelly Bernard (Technical Direction), Sally Tabaka (Costume Design), Hillary Jeffers (Associate Costume Design), Anna Gautreaux (Scenic Design), Hayley Christensen (Sound Design & Associate Production Management), Ellen Houlden (Properties Design), Scout Hough (Lighting Design), and Mollie Heil (Production Stage Manager).

Performed to in person audiences only, audiences are currently capped at 48% and socially distanced throughout the theatre. The theatre has a new HVAC/Air Purification System that filters the air and provides heat and air conditioning. Masks are required for unvaccinated patrons and complimentary masks available on premises.

Green Day’s American Idiot runs in alternating repertory July 1 - August 10th. Weathervane’s 56th summer season runs June 26 - September 4 with 7:30 PM performances Monday - Saturday and additional 2 PM performances on Thursdays and Saturdays. Additional summer productions include Buyer & Cellar, Hello, Dolly!, Disaster!, Kinky Boots, Amadeus, and The Addams Family. Single tickets, dinner and a show packages, and ticket subscriptions now available at www.weathervanenh.org. Tickets range $34-$37. Depending on availability, $17.50 tickets for American Idiot are available the day of the performance for patrons 35 and under. These must be purchased in person with a valid ID.

The Weathervane Box Office is open by phone (603-837-9322), email (boxoffice@weahervanenh.org), and in person Monday - Saturday. Hours Monday - Wednesday and Friday are 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM - 8 PM. Hours Thursday & Saturday are 11 AM - 8 PM. Tickets can be purchased 24/7 on Weathervane’s website.

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ABOUT THE WEATHERVANE

The Weathervane Theatre was founded in 1965 by Gibbs Murray and the late Tom Haas and is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini. For over half a century, it has presented high quality professional productions of plays and musicals. One of the few remaining alternating rep companies in the United States, the Weathervane is recognized as a historical institution nationwide, boasting among its alumni 2021 Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley, Tally Sessions, four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn and recent Tony Award Winner Ari’el Stachel.

Weathervane can be found on Facebook at /weathervanetheatre and all other social media platforms @weathervanenh.

ABOUT CHRISTINA SAJOUS

Most recently appeared on Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants Live on stage as Sandy Cheeks! Broadway credits include Spongebob Squarepants (Sandy Cheeks), Spider Man: Turn off the Dark (Arachne), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Baby It’s You! (Shirley), and Tupac Shakur’s Holler If Ya Hear Me. Regional credits include Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep), The Prince of Egypt (TheatreWorks), Carmen: an Afro Cuban Musical (TecTonic Theatre Project), Romeo & Juliet (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), and Disgraced (Denver Center of Performing Arts). TV/Film: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” (NBC), “Alpha House”(Amazon), “One Life to Live” (ABC), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Run The World” (STARZ), “Broadway Idiot” (Netflix), and “Brazzaville Teenager” directed by Michael Cera. Education: New York University:Tisch School of the Arts, and Amsterdam’s International Theatre Wing.