TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
A NEW FOLK OPERA BY
DEVELOPED WITH AND DIRECTED BY
PREVIEWS BEGIN FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016
OPENING NIGHT IS MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
TICKETS ON SALE AT WWW.NYTW.ORG
(March 9, 2016 – New York, New York) New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced today that tickets are now on sale for HADESTOWN, written by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and developed with and directed by the inventive two-time OBIE award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) transformsMitchell’s “phenomenal concept album” (Rolling Stone) into a bold new work for the stage. Previews for HADESTOWN begin Friday, May 6, 2016, with an opening night set for Monday, May 23, 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003) for a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, June 12, 2016.
HADESTOWN follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Together we travel from wide open plains where love and music are not enough nourishment to survive the winter, down to HADESTOWN, an industrialized world of mindless labor and full stomachs. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death.
Cast and creative for HADESTOWN will be announced at a later date.
HADESTOWN was originally developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center under the supervision of Dale Franzen and Mara Isaacs/Octopus Theatricals. The project was further developed in collaboration with The Broad Stage through NYTW’s Artist Workshop programming, including the annual Usual Suspects Summer Residency at Dartmouth College and the Larson Lab Studio.
Season memberships are now on sale at www.nytw.org or 212-460-5475 and include HADESTOWN along with NYTW’s current production, the New York premiere of RED SPEEDO written by Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Hollow Roots), hailed by The New York Times as a “taut, incisive drama”; William Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold and featuring Daniel Craig (Betrayal, Spectre) as ‘Iago’ and David Oyelowo (Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Histories, Selma) in the title role; and three productions yet to be announced.
New York Theatre Workshop, now in its fourth decade of incubating important new works of theatre, continues to honor its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape all our lives. Each season, from its home in New York’s East Village, NYTW presents four new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships. Since its founding, NYTW has produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Slavs!and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Enda Walsh’s Once; and seven acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.
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