TFANA Announces 4-week Extension Of Soho Rep.'s Production Of FAIRVIEW
Theatre for a New Audience has announced a four-week extension of Soho Rep.'s production of Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview, staged by Sarah Benson and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly. The original cast has reunited for the June 2 June 30 engagement and will now continue for the extension, July 2 July 28, 2019, on the Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, TFANA's state-of-the-art home in the Brooklyn Cultural District.
The Soho Rep. production at Polonsky Shakespeare Center is the first opportunity for New York audiences to experience this bold, innovative work since its sold-out, thrice-extended world premiere at Soho Rep. The one-month extension comes in response to popular demand following Jackie Sibblies Drury's recent Pulitzer Prize in Drama win for Fairview. The production also just garnered six Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Play (Jackie Sibblies Drury), Outstanding Director of a Play (Sarah Benson), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Charles Browning), Outstanding Set Design of a Play (Mimi Lien), Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (Amith Chandrashaker), and Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Mikaal Sulaiman).
In Fairview, the Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma's birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. Plus, the radio is on the fritz, her sister Jasmine is drinking, her husband Dayton isn't helping, her brother Tyrone might not show up at all, and her daughter Keisha is being a typical teenager. As Beverly's hostess-neurosis begins to get the better of her while her family acts like family, Keisha's adolescent malaise starts to seem like maybe it could be something else.
When Fairview premiered at Soho Rep. in 2018, Hilton Als wrote in The New Yorker, I found it hard to predict where Drury would go next, because her mind is so free [Fairview is an] outstanding, frustrating, hilarious, and sui generis new play (directed with dynamism by Sarah Benson). Ben Brantley called it [a] dazzling and ruthless new play in The New York Times. Following the play's highly acclaimed runs Soho Rep. and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which co-commissioned the work, the play was praised in Best of the Year lists and pieces in The New York Times ( magnificent ), New York Magazine, Time Magazine, Time Out New York ( unforgettable ), The Los Angeles Times ( one of the most original new works of the year ), and BuzzFeed News. On March 4, Jackie Sibblies Drury won the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Fairview, and the Pulitzer was announced on April 15.
The cast for Fairview, which New York Magazine's Sara Holdren called uniformly excellent, includes Mayaa Boateng (The Village of Vale at Lincoln Center; The Public's Julius Caesar), Charles Browning (Negro Ensemble Company's The Cost at LaMama), Roslyn Ruff (Suzan-Lori Parks' The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World at Signature Theatre, All the Way on Broadway), Heather Alicia Simms (Broadway revivals of A Raisin in the Sun and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Hannah Cabell (Classic Stage Company's As You Like It, Suzan-Lori Parks' Venus at Signature Theatre), Natalia Payne (Roundabout Theatre Company's The Last Match, Playwrights Horizons' Me, Myself & I), Jed Resnick (Off-Broadway productions of Avenue Q, Rent), and Luke Robertson (feeling. at New Ohio Theatre, Neva at The Public Theater).
The creative team includes Sarah Benson (director), Raja Feather Kelly (choreographer), Tony Award-winner Mimi Lien (scenic designer), Montana Levi Blanco (costume designer), Amith Chandrashaker (lighting designer), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound designer), J. David Brimmer (fight director), Cookie Jordan (hair and wig designer), Garrett Allen (Associate Director), and Ryan Courtney (Props).
Performances of Fairview will take place on June 2, 4 9, 11, 13 16, 18-23, 25 30, July 2, 3, 5-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28 at 7:30pm; and June 12 at 7pm; with matinees on June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 2pm.
Free post-performance conversations (TFANA Talks) are scheduled following the Saturday matinees on June 15, 22, and 29. Participants and topics to be announced later.
Theatre for a New Audience is committed to economically-accessible tickets and offers tickets at a range of prices for Fairview.
$20 New Deal: all performances. Age 30 and under or full-time students of any age. May be purchased online, over the phone, or at the box office, in advance or day-of, with valid ID(s) proving eligibility required at pickup. Use code NEWDEAL.
$20 Brooklyn Pass: all performances. Employees of local Brooklyn non-profit organizations through Brooklyn Pass program.
Special Discounts: TFANA offers special discounts available by joining TFANA mailing list at www.tfana.org.
$35 tickets for every performance available for Soho Rep. fans only by joining Soho Rep.'s mailing list at www.sohorep.org.
$90-$100: all performances.
$115 Premium Seats: all performances.
Tickets are on sale to the public at www.tfana.org, 866.811.4111, and the Polonsky Shakespeare Center box office. Polonsky Shakespeare Center is located at 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217.