Anatomy of a Suicide
By Alice Birch
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Linda Gross Theater
FEBRUARY 1 – March 15, 2020
Three generations of women. Their lives play out simultaneously. For each, the chaos of what has come before brings a painful legacy.
Winner of the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Anatomy of a Suicide is a revelatory exploration of mothers and daughters by Alice Birch (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.), directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz (Marys Seacole).
Anatomy of a Suicide is supported by the Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.
Running time: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes with no intermission.
Please Note: This production contains herbal cigarettes, haze, strobe lights and violence.
“Cleareyed & dazzling, like sun on ice, Anatomy of a Suicide has the feel of a summoning. The tone throughout is cool, reminiscent of Caryl Churchill. It is a drama like the blue heart of a flame; it looks like winter even as it scorches you.
“Gorgeously incisive & elegantly devastating! This production is exquisitely timed & calibrated.”
“Birch’s beautiful & aching play functions like a symphony!”
“Ambitiously experimental, elegantly constructed & formally impressive! The actors display perfect, split-second timing as they deliver dialogue constructed with the complexity of a musical fugue.”
“Orchestrated like a work of scientific precision by Lileana Blain-Cruz. All three women are giving beautiful, complex performances.”
Hayley Levitt, Theatermania
Cast & Creative
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Photos by Ahron R. Foster.