HARRY CLARKE, Starring Billy Crudup, Opens Tonight at Vineyard Theatre
Vineyard Theatre presents the world premiere production of Harry Clarke by Obie Award-winner David Cale (LILLIAN), directed by Obie Award-winner Leigh Silverman (VIOLET) and starring Tony Award-winner Billy Crudup (THE COAST OF UTOPIA, Spotlight, Vineyard's THE METAL CHILDREN), extended through December 10.
The production launches Vineyard Theatre's 35th Anniversary Season, opening tonight, November 21. A post-show discussion has been added following the performance on Friday, December 8.
Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern said, "We are delighted that audiences will have an additional week to see Billy Crudup in David Cale's riveting new play, Harry Clarke, directed by Leigh Silverman. The Vineyard has long had a history of experimenting with the form and content of the solo show, from our acclaimed original productions of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL and FULLY COMMITTED, to Colman Domingo's A BOY AND HIS SOUL and Polly Pen and Victor Lodato's ARLINGTON. Harry Clarke continues this tradition, and we are excited that this extension will allow more people to experience this very special production."
A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
The design team will include scenic design by Tony Award-nominee Alexander Dodge (A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, ANASTASIA), costume design by Kaye Voyce (SIGNIFICANT OTHER), lighting design by Alan C. Edwards (ZOOHOUSE), sound design by Bart Fasbender (BLOODY BLOODY Andrew Jackson), and original music by David Cale.
Audible will record and produce Billy Crudup's performance in Harry Clarke as an audio play, available to Audible members in early 2018. Their collaboration with The Vineyard is part of the company's larger effort to identify and nurture emerging playwrights and expose outstanding performances of their works to millions of Audible listeners. In May Audible announced a $5 million fund dedicated to the commissioning and development of innovative English-language works from playwrights around the globe, supporting the creation of one- and two-person audio plays driven by language and voice.
Dedicated to the creation and production of daring new plays and musicals, Vineyard Theatre has consistently premiered provocative, groundbreaking works, including Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Tony Award-winning INDECENT and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Pulitzer Prize finalist GLORIA; DOT by Colman Domingo; Nicky Silver's THE LYONS; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q; Kander and Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (1998 Pulitzer Prize); Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN (1994 Pulitzer Prize); Lanie Robertson's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL; Tarell Alvin McCraney's WIG OUT!; Becky Mode's FULLY COMMITTED; Jenny Schwartz's GOD'S EAR; Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN; and many more. The Vineyard awards the annual Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and biennial Susan Stroman Directing Award to gifted emerging artists to create new works in residence. The Vineyard's productions have been honored with two Pulitzer Prizes, five Tony Awards, and numerous Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel awards.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 375,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple's iTunes Store.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Equally memorable on the stage and screen, Billy Crudup has appeared at Vineyard Theatre in Chiori Miyagawa's AMERICA DREAMING and Adam Rapp's THE METAL CHILDREN. On stage, Crudup most recently starred in the repertory productions of NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT on Broadway, opposite Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley. In 2007, Crudup won a "Best Performance by a Featured Actor" Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of THE COAST OF UTOPIA. He also received Tony nominations for his roles in THE ELEPHANT MAN, THE PILLOWMAN and ARCADIA.
His other stage credits include William Inge's BUS STOP and the Roundabout Theater's production of THREE SISTERS, which earned him a Drama Desk nomination. He has appeared in OEDIPUS with Frances McDormand, starred in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and starred in the off-Broadway run of THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI opposite Al Pacino and Steve Buscemi.
Crudup most recently starred in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant and made his television debut in Netflix's psychological thriller "Gypsy." Additional major motion pictures include Jackie, 20th Century Women, Spotlight, Youth in Oregon, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Sleepers, Everyone Says I Love You, Inventing the Abbotts, Without Limits, Jesus' Son, Waking the Dead, Almost Famous, 1 Mile to You, Glass Chin, Rudderless, Blood Ties, Eat Pray Love, Public Enemies, Watchmen, Charlotte Gray, Big Fish, Stage Beauty, Trust the Man, Mission Impossible 3, and The Good Shepherd.
Upcoming, he will appear in Zack Snyder's Justice League, to debut in November, and will star in the 2018 film adaptation of Maria Semple's novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, alongside Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett.
David Cale (Playwright) is the writer and performer of solo works including LILLIAN (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award), A LIKELY STORY (The New Group), DEEP IN A DREAM OF YOU (The Public Theater, Bessie Award), SMOOCH MUSIC (The Kitchen) and THE REDTHROATS (Second Stage, Performance Space 122, Bessie Award). His work has been presented throughout the U.S. including at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre, L.A.; and The Goodman Theatre, Chicago. His monologues have been featured on Public Radio's "This American Life" and NPR's "The Next Big Thing," for which he was a regular contributor, and filmed for the HBO special "Bette Midler's Mondo Beyondo." He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music for, and played Floyd in the musical FLOYD AND CLEA UNDER THE WESTERN SKY (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theater, Outer Critics Circle Nomination). Other works include BETWIXT (The New Group) and THE BLUE ALBUM (with Dael Orlandersmith). He composed the songs for 600 Highwaymen's EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR (2016 Under the Radar Festival, Public Theater, Crossing the Line Festival, Bessie Nomination) and has written lyrics for songs sung by artists including Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry and Jimmy Scott. As an actor he appears in films including The Slaughter Rule, Two Lovers and Pollock. His TV credits include "The Good Wife." He has performed in plays on Broadway and off, most recently in Stew and Heidi Rodewald's THE TOTAL BENT at The Public Theater.
Leigh Silverman will be making her Vineyard Theatre debut. Her Broadway credits include: VIOLET (Roundabout; Tony nom.), CHINGLISH, WELL. Her Citi Center Encores productions include: REALLY ROSIE, THE WILD PARTY, VIOLET. Her recent Off-Broadway credits include: SWEET CHARITY (The New Group), ON THE EXHALE (Roundabout), THE OUTER SPACE (Public Theater), ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU (MCC), THE WAY WE GET BY (Second Stage), TUMACHO (Clubbed Thumb), AMERICAN HERO (WTF; Second Stage), NO PLACE TO GO (Public Theater), KUNG FU (Signature Theatre), THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE (Playwrights Horizons), THE MADRID (MTC), GOLDEN CHILD (Signature Theatre), IN THE WAKE (CTG/Berkeley/Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination), THE CALL (Playwrights Horizons), GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award), YELLOW FACE (CTG/Public Theater). She is the Vice President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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