John, Latest Annie Baker World Premiere Examining Small-Town Life, Opens Off-Broadway

News   John, Latest Annie Baker World Premiere Examining Small-Town Life, Opens Off-Broadway The world premiere of Annie Baker's John, helmed by Fun Home director and Tony winner Sam Gold, officially opens Off-Broadway Aug. 11. Lois Smith and Georgia Engel star.

Surface to Air, starring Lois Smith, begins performances.
Surface to Air, starring Lois Smith, begins performances. Photo by Ric Kallaher

John takes place at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, PA, the week after Thanksgiving. The cast includes Broadway vet Smith, who is a two-time Tony nominee for The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Childfive-time Emmy Award nominee Georgia Engel ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"); Christopher Abbott ("Girls"); and Hong Chau ("Inherent Vice").

Here's how it's billed: "The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching."

Following a recent extension announcement, performances will now continue through Sept. 6 in the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Previews began July 22.

Baker and Gold previously worked together on her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, currently being revived with the same creative team Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. For more information visit TheBarrowStreet.

Similar to The Flick, which caused a stir for its long running time when it was first staged at Playwrights Horizons, Baker's newest work has a running time of three hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd St. For more information and to purchase tickets,  visit SignatureTheatre.

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