After a week-long hiatus from performances due to Covid-19 cases within the company, The Public Theater’s World Premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ new, theatrical concert, PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR, resumed performances last night at Joe’s Pub. Preview performances began on Nov. 4, and was set to open on Nov. 16. Remaining performances are Friday, November 25 at 7:00pm, Saturday, November 26 at 7:00pm, Sunday, November 27 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm. Click here for tickets and more information.
On March 13, 2020, as theaters shut their doors and so many of us went into lockdown, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks picked up her pen and her guitar and set out to write a play every day. What emerged is a breathtaking anthology of plays and songs that chronicle our collective experience and the hope and perseverance that occurred throughout that troubling year. Performed in the intimate music venue, Joe’s Pub, PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR is a theatrical concert featuring the music and plays of Suzan-Lori Parks, and is both a personal story of one family’s daily lives, as well as a sweeping account of all we faced as a city, a nation, and a global community. Bessie Award winner Niegel Smith directs this life-affirming new work that beams with humor and humanity, bears witness to what we’ve experienced, and offers inspiration as we shape our future.
The complete cast of PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR includes Edward Astor Chin (Understudy), Leland Fowler (Actor 2), Danyel Fulton (Understudy), Greg Keller (Actor 1), Orville Mendoza (Actor 5), Kenita Miller (Actor 3), Lauren Molina (Actor 6), Luke Robertson (Standby), Suzan-Lori Parks (The Writer), Martín Solá (Actor 7), Will Stone (Understudy), and Pearl Sun (Actor 4).
The production features scenic and projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Rodrigo Muñoz, lighting design by Ania Washington, sound design by Dan Moses Schrier, and prop management by Alexander Wylie. Music Director Ric Molina has contributed to both vocal and instrumental arrangements for the production. Buzz Cohen is the production stage manager and Janelle Caso is the stage manager.