Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) kicks off its 2009/2010 Season with the World Premiere of THE RETRIBUTIONISTS, a new play by Daniel Goldfarb (Modern Orthodox, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie).
Directed by Leigh Silverman (Coraline; Well; From Up Here; plus Blue Door at Playwrights Horizons), the production will begin previews on Friday, August 21 with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, September 15 at 7PM. The limited engagement will run through Sunday, September 27 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).
The seven-member cast will be headed by Adam Driver (2009 Juilliard School graduate), Margarita Levieva (Impressionism, the films Adventureland and the upcoming Spread opposite Ashton Kutcher, "Kings"), Cristin Milioti (the recent Stunning at LCT3, Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and Adam Rothenberg (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Second Stage, A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Center, the film Tennessee opposite Mariah Carey). The cast will also feature Hamilton Clancy (Dog Logic at American Place Theater, the films Burn After Reading and American Gangster), Rebecca Henderson (Three Sisters at CSC) and Jefferson Award winner Lusia Strus (for Go Away, Go Away, plus Henry IV with the RSC and It Ain't No Fairy Tale with Steppenwolf).
Set in spring 1946, THE RETRIBUTIONISTS concerns a simple plan - a German for every Jew. Its execution would be swift, clean, its impact undeniable. In this daring, new romantic thriller inspired by actual events, a band of young Jewish freedom fighters attempts to avenge a society's wrongs - if only they can keep from tearing each other apart in the process.
The production will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane (33 Variations), costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty (Wicked), lighting design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski (The Producers), sound design by Jill BC DuBoff and original music by two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next To Normal). Production Stage Manager is Bess Marie Glorioso.
Playwrights Horizons' season productions are generously supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charina Endowment Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation and Time Warner Inc.
The performance schedule for THE RETRIBUTIONISTS will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. There will be an additional performance on Monday evening, September 14 at 8PM. Tickets are $65 and will go on sale to the general public starting Wednesday, July 29. Tickets may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).
A ticketing initiative created as part of the theater company's Arts Access program, LIVEforFIVE makes available $5 tickets for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company's website. The LIVEforFIVE lottery for THE RETRIBUTIONISTS will be for tickets to the first preview on Friday, August 21 at 8 PM. Details for the lottery are as follows: beginning Wednesday, August 12 at 10 AM, theatergoers can enter the lottery by filling out an entry form at www.playwrightshorizons.org. Entries will be accepted until Monday, August 17 at 12 Noon. Winners of the lottery will be notified via email no later than 3:00 PM on Monday, August 17 with instructions on how to book their $5 tickets. Unclaimed tickets will be offered via email starting at 12 Noon on Tuesday, August 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. One or two tickets may be purchased for $5 each. At least 50 tickets will be available for Mainstage shows via the lottery.