Penned by Adrienne Kennedy and her son, Adam P. Kennedy, Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? marks the first production of the newly founded developmental works series uniting the Public and LAByrinth Theater companies.
The play chronicles Adrienne Kennedy's search for fame and fortune in 1960's London. As an innocent abroad, Kennedy encounters numerous British writers as well as the likes of Laurence Olivier, James Baldwin, Ricki Huston and The Beatles.
Barrymore winner Brenda Pressley, whose credits include Seven Guitars, Marvin's Room and the Broadway production of Dreamgirls, portrays Ms. Kennedy, with William DeMeritt as her son, Adam. Public resident director Peter DuBois directs the inaugural work for the Public LAB. Dubois previously staged A View from 151st Street and Jack Goes Boating.
Public artistic director Oskar Eustis offers, "Adrienne Kennedy is one of the most significant and beautiful writers of our time and Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? is her most personal and accessible work. It is an extraordinary document of the 1960's — a funny, engaging and ultimately heartbreaking look at innocence abroad."
The Public LAB productions are staged following brief rehearsal periods and utilize minimal design for the stage. Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? enlists Alexander Dodge (costume and set design), Michael Chybowski (lighting design) and Walter Trarbach (sound design) for its creative team. Upcoming works in the Public LAB series include John Belluso's The Poor Itch (Mar. 7-23); The Civilians' Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman's presentation of The Civilians' Paris Commune (April 4-20); The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East by Naomi Wallace (April 25-May 11); The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson (May 16-June 1); Rebecca Cohen's Penalties & Interest (June 10-28); and Scott Hudson's Sweet Storm (June 28-29).
Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? will play through Feb. 23. Tickets, priced $10, are available by calling (212) 967-7555 or by visiting www.publictheater.org.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.