Gordon Edelstein had a tough choice to make but the artistic director of New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre decided to pull the plug of the up-coming production of David W. Rintels' stage adapation of "Sophie's Choice,' which was slated to premiere in May.
"The script was not in the shape that I felt it needed to be to be willing to commit all the resources needed for the production," he said from New York Thursday where he is readying next week's Broadway opening of Athol Fugard's "The Road to Mecca."
Rintels worked with the cooperation of William Styron before the novelist's death in November, 2006. The project has the support of the Styron family.
Because of the scope of the show, the production was three times as expensive to put on as the typical Long Wharf show, Edelstein says.
The production had commercial producers attached who were giving several hundred of thousands of dollars in enhancement money but they, Edelstein and the show's leading actress, Carla Gugino(Broadway's "Desire Under the Elms," "After the Fall"), agreed the script was not developing in the ways it needed.
The show is not expected to be on the Long Wharf schedule next season.
Edelstein is replacing the show with a production on another project based on a book with Jewish themes: Toby Zinman's stage adptation of Aaron Posner's " My Name Is Asher Lev."
Edelstein will direct.
The run will be from May 1 to 27.
"It's a beautiful story of a young Hasidic Jew who has a gift for art," says Edelstein. "It's about your calling to an artistic life," says Edelstein.