"Swept Away" - a new musical inspired by and featuring the music of The Avett Brothers

Apr 3, 2019

“This new and original story built with our songs has revealed meanings and connections which Scott and I never could have imagined otherwise. Beyond the unique joy and somewhat surreal experience of watching the project develop, it has been an honor to work with everyone involved; writer John Logan has led the way with talent, motivation, and inspiration.” -Seth Avett

Swept Away - a new musical inspired by and featuring the music of The Avett Brothers - will have its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June 2020. The band joins forces with Tony Award-winning stage and screen writer John Logan (Red, Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall, Gladiator) and Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch).  

Swept Away is set in 1888, off the coast of New Bedford, MA. When a violent storm sinks their whaling ship, the four surviving souls — a young man in search of adventure, his older brother who has sworn to protect him, a captain at the end of a long career at sea, and a worldly first mate who has fallen from grace — each face a reckoning: How far will I go to stay alive? And can I live with the consequences?

Tickets for Swept Away are currently only available to Berkeley Rep full (7-play) season subscribers. Availability as part of choose-your-own subscription packages (3 or more plays) and single tickets will be announced at a later date. Please visit BerkeleyRep.org for more information.

Book by John Logan
Music & Lyrics by The Avett Brothers
Music Arrangements & Orchestrations by Chris Miller & Brian Usifer
Direction by Michael Mayer