While their mainstage is occupied by Tony Kushner's Afghani-themed play Homebody/Kabul, the New York Theatre Workshop continue to bring New York new work to audiences at their other space — next door. Throw Pitchfork by Alexander Thomas plays Feb. 22-March 24.
Throw Pitchfork tells the story of four African-American brothers and their father. It explores the relationships, bonds and things that are passed on from father to son and brother to brother amid external and internal strife.
The play marks the playwriting debut of Thomas. The production, which is helmed by Lenora Pace, was developed at NYTW over a two-year period. Both Thomas and Pace are NYTW Usual Suspects, a group of theatre artists who are invited to take part in the developmental process of a new work. Other Usual Suspects include Kirsten Childs, Maria Irene Fornes, Cherry Jones, Moises Kaufman, Kushner, Tina Landau, Michael Mayer, Ellen McLaughlin, Charles Mee, Adam and Anthony Rapp, Claudia Shear, J. Smith-Cameron and Paula Vogel.
The creative team for Throw Pitchfork are Troy Hourie (sets and costumes), Ben Stanton (lighting) and Jerry Yager (sound).
For tickets to Throw Pitchfork, which plays at NYTW's 4th Street Theatre at 83 East 4th St (between Bowery and Second Ave.), call (212) 460-5475. Visit the NYTW's website at www.nytw.org. — by Ernio Hernandez