World Premiere of Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy, Starring Kathryn Erbe, Extended at Cherry Lane Theatre

By Carey Purcell
10 Mar 2014

Kathryn Erbe and Roxanna Hope
Kathryn Erbe and Roxanna Hope
Photo by Sandra Coudert

The world premiere of Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy, a new play about addiction, illness and love, has extended its run at the Cherry Lane Theatre through April 19. 

The production, which is presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, began previews Feb. 12 prior to an official opening Feb. 27. It had previously been scheduled to run through March 30.

Written and directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lucas, the cast features Tony Award nominee Kathryn Erbe ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Speed of Darkness), Roxanna Hope (Frost/Nixon, After The Fall) and Arliss Howard ("Moneyball," Joe Turner's Come and Gone).

Here's how the show is billed: "Ode to Joy tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, an audacious painter and her destructive relations with Mala and Bill, her two lovers."



The creative team includes Andrew Boyce (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Paul Whitaker (lighting design) and Daniel Kluger (sound design). 

Lucas' writing credits include Prelude To A Kiss, Prayer for My Enemy and Reckless, as well as the scripts for Marry Me a Little, Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Three Postcards and The Light in the Piazza. He also penned the Broadway-aimed musical King Kong, as well as an upcoming Broadway adaptation of An American in Paris. 

Visit rattlestick.org for more information.