The world premiere of The Healing, presented by Theater Breaking Through Barriers, officially opens Off-Broadway June 22. The new play by Drama Desk and Obie-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Noise) began previews June 11 with direction by Stella Powell-Jones.
Hunter’s newest play reunites a motley crew of friends who met at a summer camp 25 years ago, where the head counselor led them to believe their disabilities would be cured through the power of prayer. “Today, the group has gathered to mourn the untimely passing of one of its members. Over the course of the night, old wounds are uncovered, friendships are tested and the truth surrounding their late friend becomes troublingly clear,” state production notes.
TBTB is the only Off-Broadway theatre dedicated to advancing actors and writers with disabilities. The Healing stars Mary Theresa Archbold, Shannon DeVido, David Harrell, Lynne Lipton, John McGinty, Jamie Petrone and Pamela Sabaugh.
The creative team features set designer Jason Simms, costume designer Christopher Metzger, lighting designer Alejandro Fajardo, sound designer Brandon Wolcott, props master Charles Bowden, dramaturg James L. Baker and stage manager Anne Huston.
Performances take place at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre, located at 410 West 42nd Street. Tickets are available at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting telecharge.com. For additional information, visit tbtb.org.
(Updated June 22, 2016)