Playwrights Horizons Presents The Light Years Starting Feb. 17

Off-Broadway News   Playwrights Horizons Presents The Light Years Starting Feb. 17 Oliver Butler, who developed the new play, also directs.
Ken Barnett
Ken Barnett

Playwrights Horizons presents The Light Years, the world premiere of a new play written by Drama Desk Award winner Hannah Bos (The Open House, Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2) and Obie Award winner Paul Thureen (Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2), beginning February 17.

Directed and developed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler (Jacuzzi, The Open House, Blood Play), the new work from The Debate Society will officially open March 13 at 7 PM at the company’s Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street, New York). The limited engagement is currently scheduled to play through April 2.

The cast features Ken Barnett (Fun Home, Wonderful Town, Plenty, The Fortress of Solitude), Aya Cash (Three Changes and The Pain and the Itch at Playwrights, Happy Hour, The Other Place), Brian Lee Huynh (War Horse), Erik Lochtefeld (Misery, Metamorphoses, A Funny Thing…of NYC, Small Mouth Sounds), three-time Obie Award winner Rocco Sisto (Demonology at Playwrights, Quills, The Winter’s Tale, The King & I, Seminar, Amadeus), and Graydon Yosowitz (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Honk, Jr.; The Odyssey).

The new play is described by Playwrights as such: “Behold The Spectatorium: an audacious, visionary 12,000-seat theatre designed for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 by Steele MacKaye (Mr. Sisto), the now forgotten theatrical impresario around whom this haunted, 40-year love story spins. From the minds of celebrated play-making company The Debate Society, The Light Years is an epic, intimate tale of two families struggling to meet their future, and a spectacular tribute to man’s indomitable spirit of invention.”

The production also features scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass, lighting design by Obie Award winner Russell H. Champa, sound design by Lee Kinney, and original music by Daniel Kluger. The production stage manager is Ryan Gohsman.

Tickets may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200, and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).


(Updated February 17, 2017)