Partial Comfort Productions (Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise, Robert O’Hara’s Booty Candy, Thomas Bradshaw’s The Bereaved) will present the New York Premiere of DUTCH MASTERS by Greg Keller (Wit with Cynthia Nixon, Michael Mayer’s Uncle Vanya on Broadway). Directed by André Holland (Academy Award-winner Moonlight, Jitney on Broadway), previews begin April 4 at The Wild Project with opening night slated for Thursday, April 12.
DUTCH MASTERS is set in New York City in the summer of 1992. In NYC’s hazy pre-Giuliani, pre-cellphone, pre-Metrocard days, a black kid and a white kid meet in a chance encounter on an uptown D train, chatting hoops, hip hop, and history. Over the course of one afternoon, fear, guilt, longing and a cigar filled with weed allow one kid to take the other to a place neither even imagined possible.
The production will star Ian Duff (“Homeland,” “Up North”) and Jake Horowitz (Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Cromer’s Our Town) with set by Jason Simms, costumes Ntokozo Kunene, lighting by Xavier Pierce, sound by Daniel Kluger, casting by Judy Bowman and stage management by Ingrid Pierson and Arielle Goldstein.
André Holland’s film credits include Moonlight (Academy Award for Best Picture), Selma (Academy Award nominee), 42, Miracle at St. Anna, and the acclaimed 2008 independent film Sugar. Holland recently wrapped production on the Stephen King inspired series, “Castle Rock” (Hulu/Bad Robot), and Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time alongside Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey. Holland made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning 2009 revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and most recently returned to Broadway with the Tony Award-Winning production of August Wilson’s Jitney. Other select theater credits include The Whipping Man at MTC, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. Upcoming: Othello alongside Academy Award and Tony-Winning actor Mark Rylance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.
Greg Keller’s plays have been performed at Cherry Lane Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, LAByrinth Theater Company, and Berkshire Theater Festival. He was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrighting Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he received the Lecomte du Nouy prize. Greg has acted extensively On and Off Broadway, originating roles in new plays by Ayad Akhtar, Amy Herzog, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah Ruhl, and acting with Dianne Wiest, Jane Fonda, Linda Lavin, and Cynthia Nixon.
Partial Comfort Productions is a collaborative ensemble devoted to the development and presentation of original new theater. The company was co-founded in 2002 by Chad Beckim and Molly Pearson. Past productions include Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise (Best of 2010, New York Magazine), Thomas Bradshaw’s The Bereaved (Best of 2009, Time Out New York), five acclaimed works by Beckim (After., nami, The Maine Play, …a matter of choice and And Miles To Go), Ross Maxwell’s Open House (Best Ensemble Award winner at FringeNYC 2006); Craft and Nelson by Sam Marks; Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara; and Play by O’Hara, Chay Yew, Kia Corthron, Eddie Sanchez, Keith Adkins and Tracey Scott Wilson. For more information visit www.partialcomfort.org.
DUTCH MASTERS runs April 4 – 28, Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00pm. The Wild Project is located at 195 E. 3rd Street b/w Aves A. & B. Tickets are $25, available at 212-352-3101 or www.PartialComfort.org.