The North American premiere of Simon Stone’s acclaimed adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play Yerma, with Billie Piper in her Olivier Award-winning starring role, begins performances March 23 in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory. The production arrives Off-Broadway following an acclaimed debut at London’s Young Vic in 2016.
The Armory production features the full original cast, which is completed by Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John MacMillan, Charlotte Randle, and Thalissa Teixeira. Performances are scheduled to run through April 21.
In Stone’s Yerma, a woman, played by Piper, is desperate to bear children and becomes obsessed with her inability to conceive. Set in present-day London and staged inside a glass encasement, the contemporary staging examines the perils of a life lived online. The set, designed by Lizzie Clachan, positions viewers on either side of the glass structure.
“Simon Stone is one of the most exciting young directors of our time,” said Pierre Audi, artistic director of Park Avenue Armory, in an earlier statement. “So many theatrical classics are buried amidst the influx of novelty, but Simon is rehabilitating subjects and themes often seen as antiquated but that are still relevant today and merit contemplation. With Yerma, Stone reminds us that in many ways, not much has changed when it comes to the insidious social and personal pressures wrapped up in domestic impulses. This is one of the most emotional, human productions the Armory has ever presented.”
Yerma marks the U.S. debuts of director Stone and stage and screen actor Piper, who currently stars in David Hare's Netflix series Collateral.
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