THE WIND AND THE BREEZE
By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Jenny Koons
Monday, October 22nd, 2018 at 2pm
Linda Gross Theater | 336 West 20th Street
Sam, the legendary, undisputed, greatest emcee in Rockford, IL, plans to rest on his laurels all winter and, if possible, stake out an early spot to watch the Independence Day fireworks – but his closest mentees and their outsized dreams challenge him to a battle he can’t win. The Wind and the Breeze explores the politics of place, the unspoken expectations of friendship and what happens when we choose to stand our ground on shifting sands.
NATHAN ALAN DAVIS (Playwright) is a playwright from Rockford, Illinois, now living in New York. He is a 2018 Whiting Award winner. His plays include Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop; New York Magazine Critic’s Pick), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation; Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice) and The Wind and the Breeze (Cygnet Theatre; Blue Ink Award; Lorraine Hansberry Award). His work has recently been commissioned and developed by The Public Theater, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Lark and the New Harmony Project. Nathan is a Usual Suspect at NYTW and a Lecturer in Theater at Princeton University. He is a graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program with an MFA from Indiana University and BFA from the University of Illinois.
JENNY KOONS (Director) Recent projects: Burn All Night (American Repertory Theatre), Airness (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Theatre for One: In This Moment (Pershing Square Signature Center), Instant SPKRBOX (SPKRBOX Festival commission, Norway), Gimme Shelter (Why Not Theatre, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games commission), Theatre for One: I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am (Arts Brookfield), Abyme (Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Dixon Place), A Sucker Emcee (National Black Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company), Queen of the Night (Associate and Resident Director, Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub), The Odyssey Project 2012 (Site-specific across NYC). Jenny is a 2017 Lilly Award recipient and proud member of SDC.