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Monday, 15 November 2010 13:32

Playwrights Horizons Extends AFTER THE REVOLUTION by Two Weeks

PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS

ANNOUNCES TWO-WEEK EXTENSION

FOR THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF

AFTER THE REVOLUTION

A NEW PLAY BY AMY HERZOG

DIRECTED BY CAROLYN CANTOR

Limited Engagement now set to play through DECEMBER 12

      Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced a two-week extension for its New York premiere production of AFTER THE REVOLUTION, a new play by Amy Herzog.  Originally set to play a limited engagement through Sunday, November 28, the production will now extend through Sunday, December 12 at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street).   

     “Directed with finesse” (New York Times) by Carolyn Cantor, the production began previews Thursday, October 21 and had its official opening on Wednesday, November 10.  

     Charles Isherwood of The New York Times named AFTER THE REVOLUTION a Critics’ Pick, calling it “Smart and engrossing.  A fine and fiercely well-acted new play by Amy Herzog.  The scenes crackle with lively, natural dialogue.”  Variety raved, “A terrific production with a dream ensemble.  Written with an extraordinary balance of humor, insight, and surprise, it will have audiences talking not only about the issues it raises, but also about its compelling and complex characters.”  John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “Genuinely heartfelt with an expert cast” and Mark Peikert in New York Press proclaimed, “What a shock to find oneself sitting in a theater, intellectually engaged in a new play.  A first-class production at Playwrights Horizons.”

     The “Dream Ensemble” (Variety) features Obie Award winner Mark Blum, Tony Award nominee and Obie and Drama Desk winner Peter Friedman, Meredith Holzman, David Margulies,Katharine Powell, two-time Tony Award nominee and Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel winner Lois Smith, Elliot Villar and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham.  The production reunites the complete cast from this summer’s world premiere production at Williamstown Theatre Festival, which opened on July 22, 2010 and played a limited engagement through August 1, 2010.

     In AFTER THE REVOLUTION, the brilliant, promising Emma Joseph (Ms. Powell) proudly carries the torch of her family’s Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather.  But when history reveals a shocking truth about the man himself, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance they thought had been resolved.  AFTER THE REVOLUTION is a bold and moving portrait of an American family, thrown into an intergenerational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy.

     The production features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Fitz Patton.  Production Stage Manager is Hannah Cohen.

      The performance schedule for AFTER THE REVOLUTION is Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2PM & 7PM.  Single tickets, $55, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).  There is an added performance Monday, November 22 at 7:30 PM.

     Reflecting Playwrights Horizons’ ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company will offer HOTtix, $20 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase. STUDENT RUSH, $15 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before curtain to full-time graduate and undergraduate students. One ticket per person, per purchase. Valid student ID required.

 

     HOTtix and STUDENT RUSHare some of Playwrights Horizons’ popular Arts Access initiatives, which allow the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket.  This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The McGraw-Hill Companies and the Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation.

     Playwrights Horizons’ season productions are generously supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. 

    Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.  In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Time Warner Inc., the Charina Endowment Fund and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

     Following Edward Albee’s ME, MYSELF & I and Amy Herzog’s AFTER THE REVOLUTION, the Playwrights Horizons 40th Anniversary Season will continue with Adam Bock’s A SMALL FIRE directed by Trip Cullman (December 2010 – January 2011), Bathsheba Doran’s KIN directed by Sam Gold (February 2011), David Greenspan’s GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE directed by Leigh Silverman (March 2011) and THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD a new musical by Joy Gregory, Gunnar Madsen and John Langs directed by John Langs (May 2011).

     For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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