Producer Tom O’Connell today announced that he has acquired the stage rights for Annie Proulx’s award-winning short story BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. The announcement of the world premiere stage adaptation, currently in development, comes as the Oscar-winning film marks its tenth anniversary.
The movie Brokeback Mountain became a cultural phenomenon in 2005, winning multiple awards including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Score, but this powerful and deeply moving tale has never before been seen on stage as a play. A new adaptation is currently in development by Tom O’Connell Productions Ltd, with a production planned for a London opening in 2016.
Members of the public can now register their interest via the production’s website, BrokebackPlay.com, and follow on social media for updates.
In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.
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.”
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