World Premiere of New Annie Baker and Sam Gold Collaboration, John, Begins Tonight

News   World Premiere of New Annie Baker and Sam Gold Collaboration, John, Begins Tonight The world premiere of Annie Baker's John, helmed by Fun Home director and Tony winner Sam Gold, begins performances at the Signature Theatre Off-Broadway July 22. The production kicks off Signature's new season, reuniting long-time collaborators Baker and Gold.

Surface to Air, starring Lois Smith, begins performances.
Surface to Air, starring Lois Smith, begins performances. Photo by Ric Kallaher

John takes place at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, PA, the week after Thanksgiving. The cast includes Broadway vet Lois Smith, who is a two-time Tony nominee for The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Childfive-time Emmy Award nominee Georgia Engel ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"); Christopher Abbott ("Girls"); and Hong Chau ("Inherent Vice").

Following a recent extension announcement, performances will now continue through Sept. 6, with an opening night scheduled for Aug. 11 in the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Baker and Gold previously worked together on her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, currently being revived with the same creative team Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. For more information visit TheBarrowStreet.

Similar to The Flick, which caused a stir for its long running time when it was first staged at Playwrights Horizons, Baker's newest work has an expected running time of three hours and 30 minutes.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd St. For more information and to purchase tickets,  visit SignatureTheatre.

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