NYTW Adds David Greig's THE EVENTS to 2014-15 Season
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced the final addition to its 2014/15 season: David Greig's The Events, directed by Ramin Gray, which will make its New York debut in February, after receiving critical acclaim, a Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
By David Greig
Directed by Ramin Gray
Acclaimed Scottish playwright David Greig's The Events follows one survivor's search for compassion, peace, and understanding in the wake of unthinkable violence. Delving into religion, faith, politics and reason, Ramin Gray's theatrically inventive production features a soaring soundtrack and different choir at each performance. The hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it garnered 5-star reviews along with a Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, The Events comes to New York for a strictly limited engagement in February.
As previously announced, New York Theatre Workshop's 2014/15 season will also include the U.S. premiere of Scenes from a Marriage written by Ingmar Bergman, English version by Emily Mann and conceived and directed by Ivo van Hove; the New York premiere of The Invisible Hand, written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and the New York premiere of Forever, written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Neel Keller.
Internationally renowned Flemish director Ivo van Hove, returns to the city for his seventh collaboration with New York Theatre Workshop. Van Hove has received critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of familiar dramatic works, including, most recently, Roman Tragedies at BAM, as well as productions of The Little Foxes, A Street Car Named Desire and Hedda Gabler at NYTW. In this highly theatrical production of Ingmar Bergman's popular 1974 film Scenes from a Marriage, an ensemble of virtuosic actors invites audiences into an intimate space to experience collectively the human dynamics of a relationship through all the stages of a life-from youth, to middle age to maturity. Van Hove's interpretation illuminates the universal themes of love, identity and vulnerability that are at the heart of Bergman's timeless film.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) makes his New York Theatre Workshop debut with The Invisible Hand, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls). The Invisible Handfollows Nick Bright, an American stockbroker, into a terrifying world of kidnapping and torture in a remote region of Pakistan. As Nick negotiates to save his own life, he begins to see his captors in a new light. This new play is a chilling and complex look at how far we will go to save ourselves and the devastating ramifications of our individual actions.
Long-time New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect Dael Orlandersmith (Monster, The Gimmick) returns to the Workshop with an uplifting semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. Forever draws from Orlandersmith's own pilgrimage to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - the final resting place of legendary artists, such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Inspired at the graveside of these timeless artists, Orlandersmith gives a gripping account of the legacy she inherited from her mother - one of bitterness, abuse, beauty and art.