On the Shore of the Wide World
Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Neil Pepe
Linda Gross Theater
August 23 – October 8, 2017
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.
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.
Cast & Creative
“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 is words in invisible ink had been held up to a a flame. It’s beautiful and devastating.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The twin terrors of mortality and obscurity are alive in Stephen’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
Photos by Ahron R. Foster
Atlantic’s study guides take educators and their students deeper into the story. Each guide provides a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to immerse students in the world of the play before attending the show.