Back to the Future: Maple & Vine, a Tale of '50s Re-Enactors, Begins Off-Broadway; Marin Ireland Stars

News   Back to the Future: Maple & Vine, a Tale of '50s Re-Enactors, Begins Off-Broadway; Marin Ireland Stars The New York City premiere of Jordan Harrison's Maple & Vine, about a community of modern Americans choosing to revert to a simpler 1950s lifestyle, begins Nov. 19 in an Off-Broadway production by Playwrights Horizons. Directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman, the production opens at PH's Mainstage Dec. 7 and plays through Dec. 23.

Marin Ireland and Peter Kim
Marin Ireland and Peter Kim (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

The cast features Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Marin Ireland (Reasons to be Pretty, After Miss Julie, In the Wake, Cyclone), Peter Kim, Trent Dawson (Broadway's The Herbal Bed), Pedro Pascal (Some Men, Old Comedy) and Jeanine Serralles (Stunning, The Misanthrope, The Black Eyed).

Here's how Playwrights Horizons bills the play, which was seen in the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville: "Katha (Ireland) and Ryu (Kim) have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors – and they themselves – are willing to sacrifice for happiness."

The production features scenic design by Tony Award nominee Alexander Dodge, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Bray Poor. Production stage manager is William H. Lang.

Harrison is the author of Doris to Darlene, seen at Playwrights Horizons. His other plays include Futura, Act a Lady (2006 Humana Festival, GLAAD Media Award nomination), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Amazons and their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Kid-Simple (2004 Humana Festival), The Museum Play (Washington Ensemble Theatre) and Fit for Feet (2003 Humana Festival). His work has also been produced or developed at American Theater Company, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Geva Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, PlayLabs, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Signature Theatre Company, Soho Rep, the SPF Festival, the Tokyo International Arts Festival, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

He is currently working on a musical for Ars Nova, a children's play for the Arden Theatre, as well as a play for Actors Theatre of Louisville/Berkeley Rep. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2009 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, the 2008 Kesselring Fellowship, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters' Innovative Playwright Award, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, and a NEA/TCG Playwright in Residence Grant. With Sally Oswald, he edits the annual "Play: A Journal of Plays," devoted to the life of plays on the page. A graduate of Stanford University and Brown University's MFA Playwriting program, Harrison is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. He currently teaches playwriting at SUNY Purchase. Director Kauffman staged The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels' This Wide Night and Harrison's Act a Lady. She directed Maple & Vine in Louisville.

Show times are Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays-Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

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Pedro Pascal, Marin Ireland, Jeanine Serralles, Peter Kim and Trent Dawson
Pedro Pascal, Marin Ireland, Jeanine Serralles, Peter Kim and Trent Dawson (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)