Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan (left) returns as Martha to The Secret Garden, produced by the 5th Avenue Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Anya Rothman (right) plays Mary Lennox.
Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan (left) returns as Martha to The Secret Garden, produced by the 5th Avenue Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Anya Rothman (right) plays Mary Lennox.
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The Secret Garden begins performances tonight at 5th Avenue Theatre.

Daisy Eagan stars as Martha in the production. Previously she won a Tony Award for her performances as Mary Lennox in the Broadway production. Eagan is joined by Tam Mutu (Archibald Craven), Tony nominee Josh Young (Dr. Neville Craven), Lizzie Klemperer (Lily Craven), Charlie Franklin (Dickon), and Seán G. Griffin (Ben Weatherstaff), Bea Corley (Mary Lennox), Marianne Owen (Mrs. Medlock), Guthrie Greenwood Bettinger and Coleman Hunter (alternating as Colin Craven).

Completing the ensemble is Brittany Baratz, Jason Forbach, Maya Mainar, Erik Ankrim, Jared Michael Brown, Megan Chenovick, Rachel DeShon, Candice Donehoo, Mary Jo DuGaw, Nina Makino, Matthew Posner and Greg Stone. David Armstrong directs.

The Secret Garden by Lucy Simon (music) and Marsha Norman (book/lyrics) is based on the children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The plot is described as, "the story of 10-year-old Mary Lennox. Mary is orphaned in the British Raj of India and sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, who is tormented by grief and dreams of his late wife. Alone in a house haunted by memories and loss, Mary seeks refuge in her late aunt's mysterious walled garden. After she meets her frail cousin Colin, they discover together the secrets of the garden and ultimately bring healing and happiness to the house and all in it.

The creative team includes Anna Louizos (scenic design), Ann Hould-Ward (costume design), Mike Baldassari (lighting design), Justin Stasiw (sound design), and Mary Pyanowski Jones (hair and makeup design).

Performances continue through May 6.

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