Nick Payne to Reprise One-Man Show The Art of Dying at London's Royal Court
30 Apr 2014
Playwright Nick Payne is to reprise his one-man piece The Art of Dying at London's Royal Court Theatre. It premiered there in 2013 as part of The Big Idea: Death season as part of The Royal Court's Open Court initiative. Performances are scheduled for July 1-12 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
Payne's other plays at the Royal Court include Constellations, which subsequently transferred to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre, and Wanderlust. Other credits include Incognito at High Tide Festival, Blurred Lines at the Shed at the National Theatre, The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse and If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet at the Bush Theatre (subsequently produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at Off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre).
The Art of Dying is described in press materials as a play about death, dying and the deceased, and a mix of fact and fiction: "I ask her what’s happening, what’s going on; he doesn’t seem to be getting any better? ‘Yes, your father is extremely poorly.’ The word ‘poorly’ strikes me as an odd choice. A cat with a cold is poorly; I was under the impression my dad was dying."
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.