Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba Revivals, With Emily Skinner and John Cariani, Extend Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway News   Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba Revivals, With Emily Skinner and John Cariani, Extend Off-Broadway
The Transport Group’s productions of the William Inge works will play an extra week at the Gym at Judson.
Cast Marc J. Franklin

The Transport Group’s production of Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Repertory, directed by Artistic Director Jack Cummings III, has been extended by one week.

The limited engagement, which began February 23, was originally scheduled to run through April 16. Performances will now continue through April 23 at the Gym at Judson.

Both plays are running in repertory, with six actors of the 14-member ensemble performing in both productions. The cast is headed by Tony nominees Emily Skinner and John Cariani.

The company also includes Hannah Elless (Bright Star), Obie winner David Greenspan (The Patsy), Joseph Kolinski (Follies), Ginna Le Vine, Heather Mac Rae (I Remember Mama), David T. Patterson (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Tony winner Michele Pawk (Hollywood Arms), Jennifer Piech (Titanic), Krystal Rowley, Jay Russell (Travels with My Aunt), and Rowan Vickers (Nat Turner in Jerusalem).

Scroll through photos from opening night below:

In the Pulitzer-Prize winning Picnic, Inge explores the concepts of sex as currency and class as opportunity. Here’s how the Transport Group outlines the play: “When a gorgeous drifter arrives in a small Kansas town, no one is prepared. He brings with him the possibilities and promises—some true, some false— of a life with real options. His instant and incendiary chemistry with a local 18-year old unexpectedly destroys the illusions of comfort harbored by everyone in this heartland’s physically expansive and emotionally suffocating landscape.”

In Come Back, Little Sheba, a Midwestern middle-aged couple’s lives are interrupted by a young boarder name Marie. “Their fragile acceptance of their own stifling reality is suddenly and brutally tested,” read production notes, “as Inge mercilessly exposes the pain and regret of the past that can be unmasked by the mere presence of youth and possibility of the future.”

Scenic design for Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Repertory is by Dane Laffrey; costume design is by Asta Hostetter; lighting design is by R. Lee Kennedy; casting is by Nora Brennan Casting. The production features an original score by five-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa.

For tickets and information, including performance schedule and added performances and special curtain times, visit transportgroup.org or call (212) 564-0333.


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