Judgment Day 2019

Run Time:
90 minutes with no intermission
Ages: 15+
Opened: December 11, 2019
Closing: January 11, 2020

Judgment Day - 2019 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

Odon von Horvath’s seldom-performed, penultimate play from 1937 is an intriguing hybrid of theatrical genres: part moral fable, part sociopolitical comedy, part noirish thriller. A well-liked, dutiful train station master is momentarily distracted by a young woman and seconds later eighteen people are dead. Standing in the wreckage, he struggles with the overwhelming power of conscience found in the need for judgment and the repercussions felt by his local community.

Having dazzled Armory audiences and critics alike with his mesmerizing revival of THE HAIRY APE in 2017, visionary director Richard Jones returns to take on this gripping commentary about the responsibility to find the accurate truth in a new adaptation by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn. This new production dramatically plays on the interior of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall (reminiscent of the original Grand Central Depot and the great train stations of Europe) as an immersive environment in which the characters become overcome by the burden of guilt. The result is a fresh take on the portrait of a society struggling to take responsibility for its actions in a search for public retribution, themes that still resonate in today’s societal climate.

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BWW Review: A Chilling Revival of Ödön von Horváth's 1937 Social Commentary JUDGMENT DAY
by Michael Dale - December 25, 2019

Born in 1901, Austro-Hungarian playwright and novelist ?-dön von Horváth spent the latter of his 36 years warning against the growing threat of European fascist regimes before being fatally struck by a falling tree branch.

Review Roundup: JUDGMENT DAY at Park Avenue Armory - Read the Reviews!
by Stephi Wild - December 12, 2019

Park Avenue Armory presents Judgment Day-the world premiere of Christopher Shinn's new adaptation of ?-dön von Horváth's 1937 play.


Judgment Day has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2019.
Judgment Day has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Adaptation for Christopher Shinn at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Costume Design for a Play for Anthony McDonald at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play for Mimi Jordan Sherin at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play for Paul Steinberg at the Drama Desk Awards, and Outstanding Revival of a Play at the Drama League Awards.