Richard Nelson's SORRY to Begin Previews at The Public Theater, Oct 30


The Public Theater will begin previews for the world premiere production of Richard Nelson's new play SORRY on Tuesday, October 30. SORRY, play three of The Apple Family Plays, takes place over a meal during the day the country will choose the next president – Election Day. The cast features Jon Devries, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, and J. Smith-Cameron.

SORRY will run through Sunday, November 18 with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 6. Tickets are $15 and on sale now at (212) 967-7555,, or in person at The Public Theater box office.

The Public Theater will also present post-show discussions following select performances of SORRY. The Public Lab Thursday Night Speaker Series for SORRY will be held following the Thursday, November 8 and Thursday, November 15 performances and consist of engaging conversations with notable panelists. Tickets are $15 for all performances of SORRY and include free admission to the post-show discussions.

On Thursday, November 8, immediately following the 7:30p.m. performance, a panel moderated by Jesse Alick (Public Theater Artistic Associate) and featuring Richard Nelson (Playwright/Director of SORRY), Nick Pinto (writer for the Village Voice), and Jen Waller (lawyer for the Occupy movement), will focus on "Talking About Our Children: The Next Generations View on Politics."

On Thursday, November 15, immediately following the 7:30p.m. performance, a panel moderated by Susan Lerner (Executive Director of Common Cause New York) and featuring Richard Nelson (Playwright/Director of SORRY), Michael Cohen (journalist and author of Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America) will discuss "After the Sacrifice: What Has Been Given Up and What Has Been Gained in the Last Four Years?"

A year after Sweet and Sad, the Apple family again share a meal in Rhinebeck, as they sort through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion on the morning of the day the country will choose the next president. Like the first two plays in this trilogy, Sweet and Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing, SORRY will open on the day that it is set, November 6, 2012 - Election Day.

SORRY features scenic and costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.

Speaker Series Bios

JESSE CAMERON ALICK is an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater and is also a poet, playwright and producer. Jesse also works closely with the playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, is the east coast editor of High Contrast Review, freelance journalist and essayist. He studied writing with playwright Adrienne Kennedy and has taught a theater course at Lewis and Clark College.

Michael Cohen is regular writer and commentator on American politics and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America (Walker Books, 2008), as well as a columnist for Foreign Policy, where he writes a regular feature on politics and national security. He has previously been a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the American Security Project. He served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat. He has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was chief speechwriter for Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), and was a senior vice president at the strategic communications firm of Robinson, Lerer and Montgomery. He has also worked on political campaigns, both in the United States and overseas. He has been a frequent commentator on politics and international affairs, and his work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. His research has focused on the growing role and influence of non-state actors, reforming the foreign assistance bureaucracy (with a particular focus on democracy promotion), and improving aid coordination between private and public actors. Prior to that, he was a senior fellow at the American Security Project.

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