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“Sheldon Best is SEARING!
One of the most physically demanding performances
you may ever see!
A SLY ADAPTATION.”
– Time Out New York
“A DYNAMIC Sheldon Best
with BUOYANT ENERGY and
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“TREMENDOUS VOLUME AND VERVE!
– Entertainment Weekly
“Roy Williams’ plays are as OUTSTANDING
as any British plays of the last couple decades”
– Huffington Post
“IT’S A STUNNER!
DEVASTATING, HAUNTING, truly INDELIBLE.”
– Huffington Post
“Leah C. Gardiner directs with
The actors work with
VERVE and PLEASURE.”
– Huffington Post
THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER
by ALAN SILLITOE
stage adaptation by ROY WILLIAMS
directed by LEAH C. GARDINER
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St.
In this stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s classic short story, award-winning British playwright Roy Williams brings the young, defiant Colin Smith into the 21st century.
Colin, with few prospects in life, finds himself in a prison school for criminal activity. He turns to long distance running as an escape, only to have the school exploit him for his talent, offering him a possible way out. Will he run his race for them, or for his independence?
Run Time: Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, with no intermission.
ESHAN BAY (Asher) is making his Off-Broadway debut and second stage appearance with this production. He studied Economics and Politics at NYU and trained as an actor at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. He first appeared onstage in Long Wharf’s Agnes Under the Big Top for which he won the Best Newcomer Award (CCC). He has worked with David Fincher on Netflix’s House of Cards, and starred in David Andalman’s American Milkshake, which premiered at Sundance last year. He recently received an MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
SHELDON BEST (Colin). Off Broadway and New York: Classical Theatre of Harlem: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck); 59E59 and Penguin Rep: Freed (John Newton Templeton); LAByrinth: Paradox of the Urban Cliché; Ma-Yi & Vampire Cowboys: Soul Samurai; Vampire Cowboys: Geek! and Alice in Slasherland; 59E59 & Scripts Up: Years of Sky. Regional: Baltimore Center Stage: Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Marcus); Studio Theatre of DC: Sucker Punch (Leon);Denver Center: Superior Donuts (Franco); Geva Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander); NC Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo); Cleveland Play House: The Life of Galileo (Andrea Sarti); Underground Railway: Harriet Jacobs (Tom); Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio); SpeakEasy Stage: The History Boys; Berkshire Theatre: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Television: CBS’s “Person of Interest.” BA: Brandeis University.
ZAINAB JAH (Mum).Recent theatre credits include Ophelia in Hamlet, Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prudence in The Convert at the McCarter, Goodman and Kirk Douglas Theatres, Josephine in Ruined, Anne Marie in A Doll’s House at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Maima in Eclipsed at Yale Rep., Helen of Troy in Trojan Women at Classical Theatre of Harlem, Hamida in In Darfur at The Public Theater /NYSF, Peter Sellars’ Children Of Herakles,European Tour. Film and TV credits include principal roles in Dinner Rush with Danny Aiello, “Law & Order SVU.”Awards include the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Featured Actress in a Play for The Convert and San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle Oustanding Performance, Female Featured Role for Ruined.
JASMINE CEPHAS JONES (Kenisha) is proud to make her Atlantic Theater and Off-Broadway debut. She is a member of Labyrinth Theater Company. Film: Untitled Noah Baumbach, Titus. Television: “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Unforgettable (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC).
PATRICK MURNEY (Luke).Theater: White Noise (Chicago, NOLA); Letter from Algeria (The Abingdon), Under Fire (NYMF); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Syracuse Stage) and ADHDU (Edinburgh Fringe). Television: “The Money” (HBO), “Person of Interest,” “Golden Boy,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” “Suits,” “Law & Order, SVU.” Film: God’s Pocket (Sundance 2014), James White, Saint Janet, Bluebird and King Kelly.