First look production images have been released as Ellen McDougall directs her vivid adaptation of Valeria Luiselli’s dazzlingly original debut novel Faces in the Crowd, a bold and playful multi-layered story about identity, poetry, and nationality.
The cast includes Jimena Larraguivel (TV’s Apple Tree Yard/ RSC’s Day of the Living) as The Woman, Neil D’Souza (Beginners/ TV’s Humans) as Husband, Anoushka Lucas (Jesus Christ Superstar), as The Musician and Juan-Leonardo Solari and Santiago Huertas Ruiz as The Boy.
In Mexico City, a mother begins writing her novel.She is constantly interrupted.
In New York, a woman is haunted by the ghost of a Mexican poet.She can’t keep out the past.
100 years earlier, a poet is troubled by visions of a woman on the subway.She lives decades in the future.
As a mother tries to remember the faces from her past, the lines between her and them blur, time folds in on itself and ghosts appear everywhere.
Fiction and reality collide, as the past infiltrates the present in this time-bending, mesmerising new play. Based on the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning novel, Faces in the Crowd is an audaciously inventive study of obsession, identity, art and place where the line between storyteller and subject becomes increasingly blurred.
Faces in the Crowd is at the Gate Theatre until 8th February 2020.