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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 17:17

Playwrights Horizons Announces Two-Week Extension of KIN

PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS

ANNOUNCES TWO-WEEK EXTENSION OF

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

KIN

THE CRITCIALLY-ACCLAIMED NEW PLAY BY BATHSHEBA DORAN

DIRECTED BY OBIE AWARD WINNER SAM GOLD

Limited Engagement now set to play through April 17

      Following rave reviews and due to popular demand, Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced a two-week extension of its critically-acclaimed World Premiere production of KIN, a new play by Bathsheba Doran.  Originally set to play a limited engagement through Sunday, April 3, the production will now extend two weeks through Sunday, April 17 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).    The additional two weeks represent the only extension possible.

     “Directed with his customary grace” (The New York Times) by Obie Award winner Sam Gold, the production began previews Friday, February 25 and had its official opening on Monday, March 21.  

     Charles Isherwood of The New York Times named KIN a Critics’ Pick, calling it “Simply terrific.  Perhaps the finest new play of the season. Funny and audacious, haunting and exquisitely wrought.”  Frank Scheck of The New York Post raved, “You’ll fall in love.  Raucous comedy, poignant emotion – KIN does all that and more, establishing Bathsheba Doran as a major talent.”  Jennifer Farrar of Associated Press called it “A compelling world premiere by Bathsheba Doran, inventively staged and perfectly cast. Don't miss this limited run!”  Jeremy Gerard of Bloomberg News called is “A terrific new play.  KIN irrevocably won me over. Sam Gold proves his mettle with a fluid production.”  David Cote of Time Out New York gave it FOUR STARS, praising the “Smashing cast and bravura direction.”  And Joe Dziemianowicz of Daily News called it, “A beautifully-developed portrait of how our friends and families shape who we are and even who we love. This one is guaranteed to make you misty.”

     The acclaimed Ensemble cast, lauded as “Superlative” (The New York Times, Isherwood), “Smashing and ideal” (Time Out-New York, Cote) and “Vividly memorable” (The New York Post, Scheck), features  Tony Award nominee Suzanne Bertish, Bill Buell, Kristen Bush, Patch Darragh, Kit Flanagan, Laura Heisler, Matthew Rauch, Cotter Smith and Molly Ward.

     In KIN, Anna (Ms. Bush), an Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean (Mr. Darragh), an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another.  But as their web of disparate family and friends crosses great distances – both psychologically and geographically – an unlikely new family is forged.  Bathsheba

Doran’s play sheds a sharp light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world.

     The production features scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Matt Tierney.  Production Stage Manager is Alaina Taylor.

     The performance schedule for KIN is Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM.  Single tickets, $70, 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). 

     Two additional special performances of KIN will offer PLAYTIME! at Playwrights Horizons, a new program offering affordable, professional childcare while patrons see a show.  Playtime! is free to Playwrights Horizons subscribers and available to non-subscribers for a flat fee of $15 per child.  Playtime! care will be offered during the following two matinee performances: Saturday, April 2 at 2:30 PM and Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 PM.  You must reserve childcare at the time you book your performance tickets, and no fewer than 10 days prior to your desired performance.  The Playtime! program is made possible with generous funds from the Theater Subdistrict Council (TSC).  

     Reflecting Playwrights Horizons’ ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company offers HOTtix, $25 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.

     Arts Access memberships (where tickets can be purchased in advance, when single tickets go on sale) are: 30&UNDER MEMBERSHIP, $20 membership fee per season and one $20 ticket for each show, as desired (proof of age required for membership); and STUDENT MEMBERSHIP, $10 membership fee per season and one $10 ticket for each show, as desired (valid full-time student ID required for membership).

     Playwrights Horizons’ season productions are generously supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

     Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  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, Amy Herzog’s AFTER THE REVOLUTION, Adam Bock’s A SMALL FIRE and Bathsheba Doran’s current KIN, the Playwrights Horizons 40th Anniversary Season continues with David Greenspan’s GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE, directed by Leigh Silverman, with previews beginning this Thursday, March 24 at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater. 

     The final production of the season, in a co-production with New York Theatre Workshop, will be THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD,the New York premiere of a new musical with book by Joy Gregory; music by Gunnar Madsen; lyrics by Ms. Gregory & Mr. Madsen; and story by Ms. Gregory, Mr. Madsen & John Langs; directed by Mr. Langs.  Performances begin Thursday, May 12 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater. 

     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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