The New York premiere is a co-production by Theatre for a New Audience and New York Theatre Workshop at the latter company's downtown home. Performances begin Oct. 22 toward an Oct. 29 opening night. The show, originally slated through Nov. 23, now adds an addition week of performances.
"Box office demand, even before our first preview, has been exceptional," said artistic directors Jeffrey Horowitz (TFANA) and James C. Nicola NYTW) in a joint statement, "so we've taken the step of announcing an extension now."
Director Brook (Marat/Sade) brings Marie-Hélène Estienne's adaptation of the Inquisitor section of Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" to New York. Actor Bruce Myers (The Mahabharata) will star in the title role opposite Jake Smith as Christ.
The Grand Inquisitor "takes place in Seville during the Inquisition," according to show notes. "Christ, in his infinite mercy, returns to the world of man in human form and enters the burning streets of the city, where, the previous day, the Grand Inquisitor had sent a hundred heretics into the flames. The Grand Inquisitor has Christ imprisoned and asks, 'Is it you? You?'"
The production, which debuted at The Centre for International Theatre Creations/Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, runs approximately 55 minutes. Tickets to The Grand Inquisitor at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East Fourth Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or online via nytw.org and tfana.org.