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Immersive Theatrical Experience ENDURE Adds More Shows in Central Park


The strictly limited engagement of ENDURE continues through August 8.

Immersive Theatrical Experience ENDURE Adds More Shows in Central Park

ENDURE: Run Woman Show, an immersive theatrical experience in Central Park based on the real-life struggles of runners, has added additional performances at 6:30pm on Wednesday-Sunday and at 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Created, written, and narrated by Melanie Jones, ENDURE, which opened on July 14, is both a physical and emotional journey telling the story of a woman running her first marathon, and the events in her life that propel her to the race. Directed by Suchan Vodoor, the show explores human resilience from inside the lived experiences of athletes and celebrates the creative potential of sport to tell deeply human stories. The strictly limited engagement of ENDURE continues through August 8.

Additionally, an open rehearsal of MOTHER, a new chapter of Run Woman Show, will take place on Friday, August 6, at 1pm.

ENDURE: Run Woman Show is, quite literally, a walk in the park. Equipped with a sanitized and synchronized audio player, audiences will follow one performer (Mary Cavett or Casey Howes) on a winding and circular 5K / 3.1 mile journey. Audiences are not required to run. As park goers listen to the inner monologue of the athlete voiced by Jones, they'll not only be greeted by the natural beauty of Central Park but also the vulnerable and transformative thoughts of the runner. Set to a musical soundtrack by Swedish composer Christine Owman, the intimate audio serves as a backdrop to the highly physical live performance unfolding in front of audiences.

"When I discovered running, I realized that the stronger I got on the outside, the stronger I felt on the inside," said Jones, 45, who has completed four marathons and one Ironman. "Long-distance running, at its best, is a spiritual experience: uplifting, clarifying, transformative. A runner feels connected to their environment, their best self, even humanity. My hope is that ENDURE gives audiences a sense of that tranquility and peace."

Performances of ENDURE: Run Woman Show continues through August 8 with performances scheduled Wednesday-Sunday at 6pm and 6:30pm and Friday and Saturday 2pm and 2:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at

ENDURE: Run Woman Show is designed to be pleasantly Covid-safe with intentionally small audiences of 15 people. Audiences are encouraged to observe at their own pace, distance, and discretion. ENDURE takes place in the southern end of Central Park, beginning and ending within walking distance to Columbus Circle. The exact starting point will be communicated to ticket buyers in advance of the event. The running time of ENDURE is 75 minutes.

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