Bock's Drunken City Makes NYC Premiere at Playwrights Horizons

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26 Mar 2008

<I>The Drunken City</I> star Maria Dizzia.
The Drunken City star Maria Dizzia.
Photo by Joan Marcus
Playwrights Horizons opens the New York City premiere of The Drunken City, Adam Bock's tipsy comedy about marriageable men and women, March 26 following previews from March 13.

The play about engaged young women going out on the town plays PH's intimate 128-seat Peter Jay Sharp space on West 42nd Street. Bock is the 2007 Obie Award-winning playwright known for his lean, eerie workplace play, The Receptionist, seen last year at Manhattan Theatre Club, plus The Thugs and Swimming in the Shallows.

Trip Cullman (Some Men, Swimming in the Shallows, Bad Jazz, The Last Sunday in June) directs The Drunken City (playing to April 20), featuring a cast that includes Barrett Foa (Avenue Q, …Spelling Bee) and Maria Dizzia (Eurydice at Second Stage), with Cassie Beck (world premiere of Bock's Thursday at Encore Theatre), Mike Colter (A Soldier's Play at Second Stage), Sue Jean Kim (BFE at Playwrights Horizons) and Alfredo Narciso (A Streetcar Named Desire at Roundabout, The Misanthrope at NYTW).

According to Playwrights Horizons, "Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be (Cassie Beck, Maria Dizzia, Sue Jean Kim) find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them (Beck) suddenly begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted handsome stranger (Colter). The Drunken City is a wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a city that never sleeps."

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Two-time Tony Award nominee John Carrafa (Urinetown, Into the Woods, Love! Valour! Compassion!) has created choreography for the tale of three brides-to-be who go out on the town.

About the new play, Bock said in a previous statement, "There's a dramatic truism that when a character in a play is drunk, he or she will be the truth-teller, so I thought, 'Hey, why not write a play where everyone is drunk — that way truth'll be flying everywhich everywhere.'"

The production features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Jenny Mannis, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Bart Fasbender. Production stage manager is Bess Marie Glorioso.

The performance schedule for The Drunken City is Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7 PM. Tickets are $45.

Tickets may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central box office at Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

For more information, visit www.playwrightshorizons.com.

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The Drunken City had its world premiere in 2005 in a production by Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY.