London's Tricycle Theatre Announces Spring/Summer Schedule, Including World Premiere of Adam Bock's The Colby Sisters

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20 Feb 2014

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London's Tricycle Theatre has announced its spring/summer season, which will include the world première of award-winning Canadian playwright Adam Bock's The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, directed by New York director Trip Cullman.

Bock's play will begin performances June 19, prior to an official opening June 25, for a run through July 26. The play revolves around the five Colby sisters, who are the glamorous faces of New York high society. With wealth, style and desirable husbands, they appear to have it all. But privately, the sisters’ squabbles distort the picture of this perfect family. Image is everything, and struggling to maintain it could have life-changing consequences.

In a press statement, Indhu Rubasingham commented, "I'm thrilled to welcome Canadian playwright Adam Bock to the Tricycle with his new play The Colby Sisters, which Trip Cullman will direct. Since meeting the pair at the Sundance Theatre Lab, we've been looking for the right project to collaborate on and I cannot wait to bring this glamorous black comedy about the lives of five 'it girls' to Kilburn."

Bock’s work includes Phaedra, A Small Fire, The Receptionist, The Drunken City, The Thugs, Swimming in the Shallows and the musical adaptation of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. His plays have been produced in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Soho Rep and Clubbed Thumb. The Colby Sisters was developed at Sundance/Utah and at New Dramatists.

Cullman's directorial credits include Tarrell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy (Manhattan Theater Club), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s rock musical Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club and Union Square Theater), Adam Bock's A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons), Terrence McNally's Some Men (Second Stage) and Jonathan Tolins’ The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center).



There will also be visits to the Tricycle from Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (with their co-production of Kate Tempest's Hopelessly Devoted, directed by James Grieve and featuring Cat Simmons, Gbemisola Ikumelo and Michelle Gayle, running April 7-19), Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth (with their co-production of Bryony Lavery's The Believers, running April 22-May 24), and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (with the transfer of Rachel De-lahay's Circles running May 27-June 14), as well as seasons by comedians Nina Conti (who will present her show Dolly Mixtures March 17-21) and Sean Hughes (who will present his show Penguins March 26-29).

For a week from March 30-April 5, the Tricycle Takeover Festival sees the theatre taken over by the Young Company, with people aged 11-25 from Brent and beyond programming across the building for seven days, utilizing the main theatre space, Baldwin Studio, rehearsal room, cinema and foyer.

To book tickets, which are on general sale from Feb. 21, contact the box office on 020 7328 1000 or visit www.tricycle.co.uk.