Primary Stage Announces Post- Show Events for SATURDAY NIGHT STRINGS

Primary Stages (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) announced today Saturday Night Strings, a special post-show concert series following select Saturday night performances of A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ, written by James Inverne and directed by Andrew Leynse. All ticketholders for the evenings of Saturday, February 10 (Mariella Haubs); Saturday, February 17 (Edward W. Hardy of Sterling Strings); and Saturday, February 24 (Luisa Bastidas) are invited to remain after the performance to enjoy live music performed by special guest violinists. The concerts are free for all ticketholders for that evening's performance.

The World Premiere of A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ began previews at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014) on January 31, 2018. Opening night is set for Tuesday, February 20, for a limited run through March 4, 2018.

In this inspiring new play, discover how music helped Israel find its cultural identity during its formative years. In 1926, an unforgettable event occurred when Jascha Heifetz, the most celebrated violinist in the world, played a concert in pre-Israel Palestine. People flocked from all over the globe to see this performance, including Yehuda Sharett, composer and brother of future Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett. Legend has it that after the performance, Heifetz and Yehuda walked together and shared a remarkable conversation that resonated twenty years later when, in 1945, Moshe echoed Heifetz's experience with his brother in a similar exchange that changed the world as we know it. Written by award-winning Gramophone and Time Magazine journalist James Inverne (Wrestling with Elephants), A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ features direction by Primary Stages Artistic Director Andrew Leynse.

The cast of A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ includes Yuval Boim (Two Thousand Years), Adam Green (Venus), Erik Lochtefeld (Small Mouth Sounds), and live music performed by acclaimed violinist Mariella Haubs.

A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ will feature scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by John Froelich, sound design by M.L. Dogg, and casting by Stephanie Klapper Casting.

The performance schedule for A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ is as follows: Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm; Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: There will be additional performances on Wednesday, February 21 at 2pm & Saturday, March 3 at 2pm.

Single tickets for A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ are priced starting at $70. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705. Subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2017/18 Season are on sale now starting at $90 and include tickets to the final two mainstage productions for the 2017/18 season. All subscription packages can also be purchased by visiting PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101.

Primary Stages 2017/18 season began with THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens AND COUNT Leo Tolstoy: DISCORD, written by Scott Carter ("Real Time With Bill Maher") and directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced), followed by PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, written by Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, directed by Amanda Dehnert. The final show of the 2017/18 season, FEEDING THE DRAGON, begins performances on March 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, with opening night set for Tuesday, April 3, and runs through April 27, 2018. FEEDING THE DRAGON is written and performed by Sharon Washington (While I Yet Live) and directed by Maria Mileaf (A Body of Water) and presented in a co-production with Hartford Stage.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway not-for-profit theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 130 new plays, including In Transit by James-Allen-Ford, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth (on Broadway last season); Horton Foote's The Roads to Home, The Day Emily Married, Harrison, TX, and Dividing the Estate (two Tony nominations); Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment (1995 premiere and 2013 revival); David Ives' Lives of the Saints and All in the Timing (original 1993 production and 2013 revival); Billy Porter's While I Yet Live; Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent; Charles Busch's The Tribute Artist and Olive and the Bitter Herbs; Ike Holter's Exit Strategy; Tanya Saracho's Fade; Michael McKeever's Daniel's Husband, A.R. Gurney's Black Tie; Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior; Tanya Barfield's The Call, Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams and The Stendhal Syndrome; Dan O'Brien's The Body of an American; Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter's In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); and Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright's U.S. debut). Our productions and artists have received critical acclaim, including Tony, Obie, Lortel, AUDELCO, Outer Critics' Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards and nominations. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our education and training programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting, and the newly launched Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important-and often transformative- connections within the theater community.

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