Hands on a Hardbody stars Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone and Jon Rua team up to lead Playbill on an exclusive backstage tour of the Brooks Atkinson Theatre as the cast and crew prepare for showtime. Monteleone and Rua reveal secrets (where to take a last-minute emergency bathroom break), chat with some fellow cast members (birthday girl Allison Case scats a la Ella Fitzgerald!) and talk sexy costumes, birthday cakes, coconut water and tchotchkes that celebrate the great state of Texas. Watch Hands on a Hardbodyhighlights, and read the Brief Encounter interview with librettist Doug Wright.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.