Naomi Wallace's THE WAR BOYS to Make New York Premiere This Spring
Naomi Wallace's blistering play, The War Boys, will have its New York premiere at Access Theater (380 Broadway between White & Walker Streets) for a limited four-week engagement with an opening set for Saturday, March 25th at 8PM. Previews begin Tuesday, March 21st.
An OBIE-winning and MacArthur Fellow, Wallace's scorching drama has been acclaimed from Chicago to London and was adapted into a 2009 film. The War Boys is directed by James Will McBride and produced by Joshua Morgan.
Tickets are $8 - $37.50 and can be purchased by visiting thewarboysnyc.com. The running time is 75 minutes.
The War Boys follows three young vigilantes, childhood friends, enjoy patrolling the U.S./Mexican border. But these youths soon learn that even the most guarded borders are permeable. When the lines between fantasy and reality become dangerously blurred, these young men are forced to decide what it means to be an American, and who has the right to belong. Written in 1993, The War Boys is more timely than ever given the current political climate. This adults-only production contains coarse language and psycho-sexual scenes but is reflective of how young American men behave in a culture that prizes aggression and violence.
The playing schedule for The War Boys is as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. Matinees on April 1, 8, & 15 at 2PM. Monday performances on March 27th & April 3rd at 8PM. No performance on Wednesday, March 29th.
ABOUT THE CAST:
WYATT JOSEPH FENNER - New York Debut. Recent Regional Theatre: Michael Kahn's production of Cloud 9 (Studio Theatre), Darko Tresnjak's production of Romeo and Juliet (Hartford Stage), Moisés Kaufman's production of Bent (Mark Taper Forum), as well as the West Coast Premiers of Dog Sees God, The Whale, Next Fall, Rest, and Slipping. Television: Bones, Veronica Mars. Follow along for the fun @wyattfenner.
Sea McHale - Off-Broadway and regional credits: Oliver! (Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center), Mercury Fur (The New Group), Off-off Broadway: Pink Knees On Pale Skin, Animals and Plants (The Amoralists) Rough. In. Proof. (BRASS) The Shape of Things (Ladywork) TV: The Blacklist, Mysteries of Laura, Blue Bloods, Jon Glaser Loves Gear Film: Darren, Cigarette Soup, The Automatic Hate, Addiction, Contents Under Pressure and the upcoming film, The Fish. Check out seamchale.com for more information.
Gabriel Sloyer - Broadway: The Assembled Parties (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway and regional credits include Pinkolandia! (INTAR, Two River Theater), Bubble Boy The Musical (American Theater Group), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theatre) and a national tour of the one-man show Los Valientes. TV: Power, Narcos, Limitless, The Blacklist and Jessica Jones. Film: Brawl in Cell Block 99, Breaking Brooklyn, Stealing Chanel and Straight Outta' Tompkins. Games: Grand Theft Auto V. Find out more at www.gabrielsloyer.com.
Naomi Wallace (Playwright) is from Kentucky. Her plays-which have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and the Middle East - include IN THE HEART OF AMERICA, SLAUGHTER CITY, ONE FLEA SPARE, THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, THINGS OF DRY HOURS, THE FEVER CHART:THREE VISIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST, AND I AND SILENCE, THE HARD WEATHER BOATING PARTY ,THE LIQUID PLAIN. Her stage adaptation of William Wharton's novel BIRDY was produced on the West End in London. In 2009, ONE FLEA SPARE was incorporated in the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater, the Comédie-Francaise. Only two American Playwrights have been added to La Comédie's repertoire in 300 years. Film: Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, Flying Blind (co-written with Bruce McLeod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), Joseph Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award, and the 2012 Horton Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. In 2013, Wallace received the inaugural Windham Campbell prize for drama and in 2015, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
JAMES WILL McBRIDE (Director) is a theatrical producer and director based in NYC. His directing credits include: A House of Glass, The Invincibles (formerly: Super hero Celebrity Rehab), Tauris And The Little Ghost. He's directed Naomi Wallace's The Retreating World in two different productions, one at Loyola University New Orleans and another as part of the New Orleans Peace Week. James has conceived and produced concerts and cabaret at Feinstein's/54Below in New York City as well as venues in Houston, New Orleans, and Hartford. He served as resident assistant director at the Tony Award Winning Hartford Stage for two seasons and is a former Directing Candidate in The American Theatre Wing's Springboard NYC program. He's assisted directors including Darko Tresnjak, Kent Thompson, Mark Lamos, Michael Wilson, and Giovanna Sardelli. As a dramaturg, he's advised playwrights including John Cariani and Mark Gerrard. For more visit JamesWillMcBride.com.