Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Production Co-Conceived by JORGE COUSINEAU and TERRENCE J. NOLEN
Based on the film Passione d'Amore directed by Ettore Scola
On the F. Otto Stage
May 21 - June 28, 2015


The Arden returns to the master of the American musical with this tale of love and obsession set in 19th century Italy. A handsome army captain, assigned to a remote outpost far from his married lover, finds himself persued by a mysterious woman with a dangerous obsession. Reuining the creative team behind the Arden's Sunday in the Part with George, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "one of the strongest Sondheim productions of the past decade," this intoxicating musical boasts one of Sondheim's most ravishing scores.


Audience Enhancement Guide:

Ben Cherry (Sergeant Lombardi)
Ben Dibble (Colonel Ricci)
Jennie Eisenhower (Clara)
Liz Filios (Fosca)
Darren Michael Hengst (Lieutenant Barri/Mother)
Larry Lees (Lieutenant Torasso/Father)
John Charles McLaughlin (Private Augenti/Mistress)
Ben Michael (Giorgio)
Michael Philip O'Brien (Major Rizzoli/Ludovic)
Frank X (Doctor Lombardi)

Scenic Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Costume Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey
Lighting Designer
Thom Weaver
Sound Designer
Daniel Perelstein
Video Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Music Director
Ryan Touhey
Associate Music Director/Conductor
Amanda Morton
Niki Cousineau
Stage Manager
Alec E. Ferrell
Assistant Stage Manager
Katie Ringwood

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Critical Acclaim

“Rejoice greatly: Mr. Nolen’s new production is a masterpiece of unified staging and design in which the love-starved Fosca is played by Liz Filios in a manner so desperately needy that she’ll be on your mind days after the fact.”
“find yourself swept up in a great production of a great musical.”
- The Wall Street Journal [Read More]

"The Arden, and specifically Nolen, its artistic director, are among the nation's most notable regional producers and interpreters of Sondheim's work - and the master of musicals himself will be honored there Monday evening with the stage company's first master storyteller award. I hope he sticks around to see a performance of "Passion"...he'd be hard-pressed to see it down better than this."
"[a] smashing new production"
- Newsworks [Read More]

"Terry Nolen, who has tackled some of the most challenging musicals, with a dozen successful Sondheim shows under his belt, including the challenging 'Pacific Overtures' and 'Assassins.' Nolen's sterling productions of 'Sweeney Todd' and 'A Little Night Music' among his finest achievements and he can add this one to the list."
"The versatile Liz Filios...delivers an altogether mesmerizing performance in the tricky, unsympathetic role of Fosca."
- Edge [Read More]

"It takes a while for Passion's seduction to take hold, but once it does, there's no turning away."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer [Read More]

"elegant, beautifully realized production..."
"the Fosca of actress Liz Filios is a revelation."
- David Anthony Fox [Read More]

Love is raw and in your face in Sondheim’s “Passion” at the Arden
- Philadelphia Weekly [Read More]

In the News -

Plumbing the mysteries of Sondheim's 'Passion'
- The Philadelphia Inquirer [Read More]

We are proud to announce that Passion is Barrymore Recommended.
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