the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres
Presented by Soho Rep., in association with John Adrian Selzer
By Richard Maxwell
Directed by Sarah Benson
Original Music by Steve Earle
Becca Blackwell, Vinie Burrows, Steve Earle, Roy Faudree, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Matthew Korahais, Paul Lazar, Jasper Newell
Scenic Design: Louisa Thompson
Costume Design: Junghyun Georgia Lee
Lighting Design: Matt Frey
Sound Design: Palmer Hefferan
Stage Manager: Rachel K. Gross
First Performance April 4, 2017
Opening April 16, 2017
Final Performance May 7, extended through May 14, 2017
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At the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 W 53rd Street), Soho Rep. is pleased to present the world premiere of Richard Maxwell’s Samara, commissioned by Artistic Director Sarah Benson. In a departure, Maxwell, who has directed nearly all 20 of his plays, is handing over the directorial duties to Benson. Maxwell’s work was seen previously at Soho Rep. in 2001 with Cavemen and in 1999 with Cowboys and Indians.
Samara marks the Off-Broadway acting debut of legendary singer-songwriter Steve Earle, who has also composed an original score for the production. Joining Earle in the eclectic cast, which spans ages 14–92, are Becca Blackwell, Vinie Burrows, Roy Faudree, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Matthew Korahais, Paul Lazar and Jasper Newell. The company will also include musician Ivan Goff and a percussionist to be announced.
In Samara, we find ourselves on the fringes of the frontier, where a messenger embarks on an arduous journey to collect a debt from a man he’s never met. Friends set out to atone for a mistake that can’t be undone. Strangers look for a little bit of comfort wherever they can find it.
Ben Brantley – New York Times
Even the air aches with mystery in Richard Maxwell’s “Samara,” a sense of life as a teasing and unresolvable riddle. The sounds that saturate this hypnotic fable of a play, which opened on Sunday in a Soho Rep production, suggest the music that fills your mind when you’ve been encased in silence for too long – the sort of noises your imagination might conjure if you were lost for days in a desert.