THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY Celebrates 100th Performance Today
Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play, starring Tony Award winner Amanda Plummer (Agnes of God, Pulp Fiction,Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Academy Award nominee Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Deadwood) now playing through September 29th at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) celebrates its 100th performance with today's 2pm matinee. The critically acclaimed production began previews on June 13th and officially opened on June 19th.
"As we approach the end of our successful run, it's a pleasure to be able to celebrate this significant milestone," declares lead producer Robert Driemeyer. "Ms. Plummer and Mr. Dourif have shared their immense talents in this extraordinary and unique play, and we have been honored to have been able to bring it to the stage."
Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour-brother and sister-find themselves deserted by their troupe. Faced by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play. As they dip in and out of performance they find it difficult to differentiate themselves from their roles and reality from illusion. Haunting, provocative, and funny, The Two-Character Play is one of Tennessee Williams' most personal works.
Directed by Gene David Kirk, the creative team for The Two-Character Play is comprised of Alice Walkling (scenic design & London costume design), Lara DeBruijn (NY costume design), Phillip Hewitt (sound design & London lighting design), Jake Fine (NY lighting design) and Rick Sordelet (fight choreography).
The performance schedule for The Two-Character Play is as follows: Monday at 8pm; Wednesday at 2 & 8pm, Thursday & Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2:30 & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm.
Tickets are $72.50 - $126.50 and are available for purchase via Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200, as well as in person at the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th Street). Box office hours are Monday 12pm-8pm, Tuesday 1pm-7pm, Wednesday 10am-8pm, Thursday & Friday 1pm-8pm,Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm. $35 General Rush Tickets are available at the Box Office on the day of the performance during the first 2 hours of the Box Office opening-limit 2 per person, cash only and subject to availability. $25 Student Rush Tickets are available at the Box Office on the day of the performance when the Box Office has been opened, limit 2 per valid ID-cash only and subject to availability.
The Two-Character Play is produced by Robert Driemeyer, Morgan Sills, Jim A. Landé, Al Parinello and the Somerled Charitable Foundation, in association with Robert Barry Fleming, Julio Montalvo, Ted Seifman/Jamie deRoy, and Jan Warner, with General Management by Brierpatch Productions (Laura Janik Cronin & Scott Newsome), Casting by Wojcik/Seay Casting (Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay) and Marketing by Red Rising Marketing and Sponsorships and Promotions by Ron Johnson, Jr.
The Two-Character Play debuted in 1967 in London, and was produced on Broadway in 1973 by David Merrick, under the title Out Cry, starring Michael York. Considered too experimental for its time, Williams continued working on the play and published his final version in The Theatre of Tennessee Williams Volume 5. After years of withholding rights, Williams' estate granted permission for Gene David Kirk to present the play at London's Jermyn Street Theatre where he served as Artistic Director. Mr. Kirk was introduced to the play by his mentor Corin Redgrave, whose sister Vanessa had long desired it as a personal vehicle. Opening in October 2010, the play earned the critical success that had eluded it years earlier, and found its enthusiastic and appreciative audience in the 21st century. The production was heralded as "revelatory," and the play was lauded as a "lost classic." Mr. Kirk dedicates this production of The Two-Character Play to the memory of Mr. Redgrave.