Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Based on the book by Rebecca Solnit
Adapted and Directed by Matthew Earnest

May 06, 2010 - May 29, 2010

7:30pm and 3:00pm, James Levin Theatre


CPT is proud to present the World Premiere of "Wanderlust: A History of Walking", Based on the book by Rebecca Solnit, Adapted by Matthew Earnest, onstage in the James Levin Theatre May 6 - May 29 (Paid Previews on May 6 and 7; Opening Night, Saturday, May 8). "Wanderlust" opens with a team of paleoanthropologists examining the bones of a recently discovered 3.2 million year-old hominid they have named Lucy and moves to peripatetic lectures of the Greeks to modern tourism - from labyrinths to treadmills, from 19th century mountaineering to the ancient Hajj, from Dr. King's civil rights marches to the AIDS Walk and ultimately, to Las Vegas, Solnit's symbol of a post-Walking America. Adapted and directed by Matthew Earnest. WORLD PREMIERE.

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Alison Garrigan - Costume Design
Daniel Shreckengost - Lighting Design
James Kosmatka - Sound Design
Lindsay Carter - Stage Manager

Featuring Nicole Perrone*, Kevin S. Charnas, Alexis Generette Floyd, Trae Hicks, Jonathan Ramos, Pandora Robertson, Adam Thatcher

*Member / Actors Equity Association



“It’s a nonstop, highly choreographed dance-theater piece. From the bones of ‘Lucy’ (a hominid who lived more than 3 million years ago and whose pelvis indicates she was bipedal) through Aristotle’s Greece and the Middle Ages to modern-day Las Vegas, [Matthew] Earnest and crew set a perpetual human machine in motion for 100 minutes. It’s an impressive and extraordinarily entertaining education with every member of the cast pitching in. Walk, don’t drive, to the box office.”
Tony Brown, The Plain Dealer

“A stimulating freeform collection of observations, quotes, and snatches of scenes involving walking that cover the globe and all of human history. From a walking tour at the Acropolis in Athens and a streetwalker in Brooklyn to Walt Whitman’s words and people doing the cakewalk dance, the play is a paean to the glory of action, as well as the convergence of walking and thinking. Earnest’s thrilling theatrical chops should make you kick your heels in glee.”
Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene

Wanderlust is performed by a peerless ensemble and beautifully directed by [Matthew] Earnest, who also choreographed the work. The 100-minute expressionistic theater piece is a total immersion experience that kept me transfixed throughout. Wanderlust belongs to the exciting school of physical theater in which body language and minimal props can paint an entire visual picture of what is taking place. Wanderlust is a unique theatrical experience and a joy to watch. I shall never look at walking in quite the same way again. Nor will you.”
Fran Heller, Cleveland Jewish News