NYTW Postpones New Anna Deavere Smith Project

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The world premiere, slated to round out the 2019 season, will run at a later date.
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Anna Deavere Smith Owen Hoffman for Patrick McMullen

New York Theatre Workshop has postponed its previously announced production of a new project from renowned writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith. The yet-untitled play from the Notes From the Field creator was slated to round out NYTW's 2019 season.

NYTW, which will continue to "work with Anna to realize her exciting vision," will instead co-produce Chisa Hutchinson’s Proof of Love with Audible at the Minetta Lane this spring. The solo play, to be performed by Suzzanne Douglas, will begin performances May 7 ahead of a May 14 opening.

The switch-up follows NYTW's earlier postponement of Sanctuary City, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, which was scheduled for the spring as part of the 2018–2019 season. That production was delayed due to creative team scheduling conflicts and will be presented at a later date.

As previously reported, in place of Sanctuary City, the Off-Broadway theatre will offer 17 Border Crossings, created and performed by Thaddeus Phillips, with direction by Tatiana Mallarino (Red Eye to Havre de Grace). The show, a look at the imaginary lines that divide the world and the very real barriers they create, will begin previews April 11 ahead of an April 15 opening.

Currently in performances at NYTW is Hurricane Diane, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George, directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet). Hurricane Diane, which is co-produced with WP Theater, runs through March 24. The production follows the acclaimed, sold-out run of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris.

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