Abrons Arts Center and New York City Players are set to present a revival of Richard Maxwell’s 2004 play Good Samaritans, which features five original songs composed by the writer and director. The staging will mark the first time in Maxwell’s 20-year career that he is reviving an older work.
Performances of Good Samaritans, directed by Maxwell, will begin February 8 and continue through February 25.
The Off-Broadway engagement features original cast members Kevin Hurley and Rosemary Allen, who won an Obie Award for her performance, along with original designer Stephanie Nelson.
Good Samaritans is set in a dining hall at a rehabilitation center. The play chronicles the unconventional love story between an intake counselor in her 70s and her patient. The play premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse, where it received critical acclaim before touring the world.
“When I look back at the 20 plays I’ve written since 1997, there’s something about Good Samaritans that holds up and perhaps feels even more resonant in 2017,” commented Maxwell in a press statement. “It’s simple and yet provokes questions about what we have access to, especially in the city. It is also theatre that doesn’t behave, that makes me smile… and the characters’ need to connect feels as necessary as ever.”
Joining Allen and Hurley are musicians James Moore (guitar) and David Zuckerman (piano). The creative team will be made up of Nelson (sets, lights, and costumes), Linda Mancini (additional costume pieces), Regina Vorria (producer), Dirk Stevens (technical director), and Louris van de Geer (stage manager).
The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand St., New York. For tickets and more information visit abronsartscenter.org or call (212) 352-3101.