by Josh Withey
Annie Preloux’s iconic story will be making its way to the stage in a new production.
Today producer Tom O’Connell announced that he’s acquired the stage rights for Annie Preloux’s award-winning short story Brokeback Mountain.
The incredible tale of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, that was brought to life 10 years ago by Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Director Ang Lee will now be taking to the stage.
Author Annie Proulx said: “I am looking forward with sharp anticipation to the stage interpretation of the star- crossed lovers of Brokeback Mountain who moved from the page to the screen and now, under the skilled hand of producer Tom O’Connell and the sensibilities of the company, to the stage —a strange journey for two messed-up wannabe cow-hands from Wyoming.
“The actors who pull on their scuffed-up boots will step into a difficult time in a hard place.”
Producer Tom O’Connell said: “I am honoured to bring Annie Proulx’s beloved story to the stage as a new play that celebrates her compelling writing and will bring a new perspective on this heart-warming tale of an unbreakable bond.
“I’ve been extremely lucky in my career to produce plays which challenge, inspire and educate as much as they entertain; the struggles that the characters of Brokeback Mountain go through are still present in the world today, making the piece as relevant as ever. I am very much looking forward to working alongside Annie with a first-class creative team to bring Jack and Ennis’ story to new audiences.”