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NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ PICK!
“If you think you’ve heard it all before, THEN YOU NEED TO LISTEN MORE CLOSELY. Simon Stephens’s On the Shore of the Wide World is A STEALTH HEARTBREAKER.
By the end of the Atlantic Theater Company production – DIRECTED WITH GENTLE CARE by Neil Pepe — you’ve discovered that this dribbling, homespun prose HAS SHAPED ITSELF INTO PATTERNS OF PROFOUND POETRY, AS IF WORDS IN INVISIBLE INK HAD BEEN HELD UP TO A FLAME.You may also experience the sense that SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE, EVEN COSMIC, defines these unexceptional lives.
And when a character cries (quietly), IT HAS THE IMPACT OF A DAM BURSTING.Every cast member has created A DETAILED AND INTIMATE PORTRAIT. And the final scene between Ms. McCann and Mr. Wilson is BEAUTIFUL – AND DEVASTATING.
If you at first feel that some of the performances are too tentative, you come to realize that this hesitancy belongs to characters who are FOREVER HOVERING ON THE BRINK OF DECISIVE GESTURES. They’re all full of such contradictions, and you can tell they are enigmas to themselves. Which makes it ALL THE MORE UNCANNY THAT BY THE END, YOU FEEL YOU UNDERSTAND THEM PERFECTLY.”
— Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES
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New York Premiere Play
ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD
Written by SIMON STEPHENS
Directed by NEIL PEPE
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a brief intermission
Please Note: This production contains the use of haze and herbal cigarettes.
In Simon Stephens’ stunning play, something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy.
Atlantic is thrilled to welcome back Simon Stephens (Atlantic’s Harper Regan, Bluebird, Broadway’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) with the New York debut of his Olivier Award-winning play.
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“The twin terrors of mortality and obscurity are ALIVE IN STEPHENS’S TEXT. They are POWERFULLY PRESENT AS UNDERCURRENTS, AS ANXIETIES THAT BUBBLE BENEATH THE WELL-OBSERVED COLLOQUIAL EXCHANGES between characters. When Peter stands with his son Alex, unable to look him in the eye or to find the right words to keep him from leaving home, YOU FEEL THE FATHER’S BEMUSED SADNESS IN THE PIT OF YOUR STOMACH. You also get the humor as the pair rib each other about football — JUST TWO MEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SPEAK ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE.”
— Sara Holdren, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Tragedy strikes with ONE OF THOSE STARTLING MOMENTS THAT CAUSE A GENERAL GULP FROM THE AUDIENCE.”
— Steven Suskin, HUFFINGTON POST
“Every actor is IMPECCABLE. It’s ENSEMBLE WORK AT ITS BEST. It is, of course, Stephens’s wonderful script that makes it all possible. His writing is CLEAR AND CLEAN AND UNSELFCONSCIOUS. His METICULOUSLY CONSTRUCTED PLOT UNFOLDS WITH A NATURALNESS THAT’S BREATHTAKING. On the Shore of the Wide World is always true to itself. It EXUDES INTEGRITY AS IT VIBRANTLY CELEBRATES THE ORDINARY AND SOMEHOW DEMYSTIFIES THE EXTRAORDINARY.”
— Michael Bracken, THEATER PIZZAZZ
“But it occurred to me that we are INTENDED TO EXPERIENCE THIS PLAY THE WAY WE EXPERIENCE LIFE—unaware of those LIFE-ALTERING MOMENTS until they are behind us. The structure of Stephens’ script is JUST AS INTELLIGENT AND PROFOUND as his statement. Stephens doesn’t allow On the Shore to be neat and tidy for the sake of clarity. He dares to make his play as messy and chaotic as life often feels.”
— Ken Kaissar, THEATER IS EASY
Production photos by Ahron R. Foster.
SCOTT PASK (Scenic Designer). Atlantic Theater Company: The Band’s Visit, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Beginning of August, The Cherry Orchard. Additional Credits: The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), The Little Foxes, Something Rotten! (Outer Critics nomination), Waitress, Oh Hello!, Blackbird, The Father, An Act of God, It’s Only a Play, The Visit (Drama Desk nom.), Airline Highway, Finding Neverland, Pippin (Tony Award Nom.), Nine, The Pillowman (Tony Award), Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last with Bette Midler, Tribes, A Steady Rain with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, A Behanding in Spokane, The Coast of Utopia (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Hewes Awards), Promises Promises, Hair, Pal Joey (Tony Nom), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony Nom., Drama Desk Award), The House of Blue Leaves, Speed-the-Plow, Take Me Out, and Urinetown. London/UK: West End, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, Opera North, Chichester Festival Theatre. Also: Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera), Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna.
SARAH LAUX (Costume Designer). Broadway: The Humans, Fully Committed, upcoming transfer of The Band’s Visit. Off-Broadway/Regional: Sacred Valley (NYSAF), The Man in the Ceiling (Bay Street), The End of Longing (MCC), Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse), Man From Nebraska (2nd Stage), The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company), Ultimate Beauty Bible (Pg 73), Empathitrax (Colt Coer), The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre), Thresh/Hold (Pilobolus Dance Theater), Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company), Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company), Really, Really (MCC). Feature Film: Freakshow (Maven). Associate design credits include: A Doll’s House, Part 2, SpongeBob Squarepants Broadway, The Last Ship, If/Then, WarHorse USA.
CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND (Lighting Designer). Atlantic: Marie and Rosetta, The Threepenny Opera, Two Unrelated Plays by David Mamet, This Thing of Darkness, The Lights (at Lincoln Center). Broadway: Indecent (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Rocky (Tony nom), End of the Rainbow, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony nom.), Superior Donuts, Top Girls, 110 in the Shade (Tony nom.), Talk Radio, Shining City, Awake and Sing (Tony nom.), Well, Rabbit Hole, A Touch of the Poet, In My Life, The Light in the Piazza (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Tony awards), Reckless, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Seven Guitars (Tony nom.) and The Piano Lesson. Awards: Obie for Sustained Excellence, Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, among others.
DAVID VAN TIEGHEM (Original Music and Sound Design). Broadway: Heisenberg, The Gin Game, Doubt, The Lyons, Romeo and Juliet, The Big Knife, Born Yesterday, The Normal Heart, Reckless, An Enemy of the People, A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, Arcadia, Cyrano, The Crucible, Judgment at Nuremberg, Three Days of Rain, A Behanding in Spokane, The Best Man, After Miss Julie. Off Broadway: Incognito, Plenty, Hold On To Me Darling, Wit, Posterity, Rasheeda Speaking, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone, The Heart is Lonely, Hunter, Jack Goes Boating. Film/TV: Working Girls, Bondage, Buried Prayers, Penn & Teller. Wooster Group. Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, STREB, Pilobolus, Michael Moschen, Elisa Monte. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Talking Heads. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. Internet: www.vantieghem.com
J. DAVID BRIMMER (Fight Master, SAFD) has choreographed some stuff (selected Broadway: Spring Awakening; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Grace; Speed the Plow; Thérèse Raquin; Long Day’s Journey into Night; NY premieres: Yen; Futurity; Gloria; Punk Rock; An Octoroon; Mr. Burns; Blasted; The Whipping Man; Bethany; The American Pilot; Blackbird; Bug; Killer Joe; The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, The Changeling, and The Government Inspector), worked at some wonderful venues (NY Public Theater, Metropolitan Opera, MTC, LCT3, TFANA, TBTB, Signature Theatre, MCC, Soho Rep, Ars Nova, The Vineyard, The Geffen Playhouse, ART, Yale Rep, The Old Globe, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie), and collaborated with some great folks- (David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Ethan Coen, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Simon Stephens, Martin McDonough, Tracy Letts, Joe Chaikin, JoAnne Akalaitis, Darko Tresnjak, Ethan McSweeney, Sarah Benson, Wilson Milam, Joe Mantello, Joel Schumacher, Ken Russell, Franco Zeffirelli), “Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.” G. Fox
STEPHEN GABIS (Dialect Coach). For Atlantic Theater Company: Hold On To Me Darling, These Paper Bullets, Bluebird, Through A Glass Darkly, Port Authority, The Collection and A Kind Of Alaska,Celebration and The Room, The Voysey Inheritance, Parlour Song, The Lieutenant Of Innishmore, The Night Heron, The Bald Soprano, Dublin Carol, Blue/Orange, Hobson’s Choice, The Hothouse. Selected Broadway/Off Broadway: Present Laughter, Indecent, The Price, Napoli, Brooklyn, The Dead, 1904, Heisenberg, Yen, Love,Love, Love, Incognito, Shining City, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Punk Rock, An American In Paris, Outside Mullingar, Beautiful, The Winslow Boy, Kin, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Lucky Guy, Once, Macbeth, The Book Of Mormon, Man And Boy, Lombardi, A View From The Bridge, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Brief Encounter, Intimate Apparel, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, The Weir, Da, Juno And The Paycock, Abigail’s Party, Master Harold…and the boys, Stuff Happens, Doubt, Frozen, Jersey Boys. Selected Film/T.V.: “Bull,” “Brawl In Cellblock 99,” “The Deuce,” “Confirmation,” “The Americans,” “Boardwalk Empire,” Salt, Bernard And Doris, Across The Universe.
HANNAH SULLIVAN (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making her Atlantic Theater Company debut. Broadway: Beautiful, Miss Saigon (2017 Revival.) National Tours: Beautiful (1st National.) Off-Broadway: Vineyard Theatre, Soho Rep. New York & Regional: New York Philharmonic, The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, Westport Country Playhouse, Totem Pole Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Group, Yale Rep, MUNY, Opera Omaha, San Antonio Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Cirque du Soleil and others. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
AVERY TRUNKO (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Off Broadway: Privacy, Julius Caesar (NYSF); Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project) Select Regional: The Moors, Elevada (Yale Repertory Theatre); Sinners (Mirror Theater); Twelfth Night (Elm Shakespeare Company); Other Desert Cities, The Giver, and Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Denver Center Theatre); The Power of Duff, 22 Seconds (New York Stage and Film). Avery holds a MFA from Yale School of Drama, and a BFA from Hofstra University.