New York Theatre Workshop's season opener, Far Away, looks to be a hot ticket with Academy Award winner Frances McDormand starring in the Caryl Churchill play directed by "Billy Elliot" helmer Stephen Daldry. The downtown venue is offering a way to get in and enjoy a meal with their "Play with Your Food" fundraising event, Nov. 6.
"Play with Your Food" tickets, priced at $100, will book you a seat at a special performance of Caryl Churchill's Far Away, followed by a buffet pasta dinner at LaSalle Academy. A pre-curtain champagne reception and premium seating is also available for the more generous ticket price of $200.
To book your tickets, or for more information on "Play with Your Food," call NYTW at (212) 780-9037. The purchase deadline for this evening is Oct. 29.
Frances McDormand stars in Caryl Churchill's Far Away, directed by Stephen Daldry, whose busy film schedule caused the postponement of the play last season. The busy director will finally helm the work set to begin Nov. 1 and officially open Nov. 11 for a run through Dec. 22. Though a screen star, marked by her Oscar nods for "Mississippi Burning," "Almost Famous" and win for "Fargo," McDormand is also familiar to the stage. Her credits include The Sisters Rosensweig, The Swan, Awake and Sing!, A Streetcar Named Desire and most recently To You, The Birdie! — the Wooster Group's adaption of Racine's Phedre. Other film credits include "Wonder Boys," "Primal Fear," "Blood Simple" and "Raising Arizona" — the latter two under the direction of her director-screenwriter husband Joel Coen.
Far Away is an anti-utopian look at the future as shown through a girl's visit to her auntie's house. The play, which originally opened in London in 2000, will also star Alexa Eisenstein, Marin Ireland, Chris Messina and Gina Rose.
Daldry made a name for himself as a director at London's Royal Court Theatre and on Broadway with An Inspector Calls and Via Dolorosa. He then went on to direct films, most notably, his feature film debut "Billy Elliot." He is currently working on "The Hours" starring Nicole Kidman (The Blue Room), Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep (The Seagull), Allison Janney (A View from the Bridge), Ed Harris, Claire Danes, Toni Collette (Wild Party), Eileen Atkins (Indiscretions), Stephen Dillane (The Real Thing), John C. Reilly (True West) and Miranda Richardson.
For more information or tickets to NYTW shows, 79 East Fourth Street (between Bowery and Second Ave.), call (212) 460-5475. Also visit their website at www.nytw.org.
— by Ernio Hernandez