Olivier-Nominated Tribes, with Mare Winningham, Jeff Perry, Russell Harvard, Debuts Off-Broadway Feb. 16

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16 Feb 2012

Jeff Perry and Mare Winningham
Jeff Perry and Mare Winningham
Monica Simoes

The American premiere of Nina Raine's Olivier Award-nominated play Tribes, about a young deaf man and his dysfunctional family, begins Off-Broadway previews Feb. 16 at the Barrow Street Theatre.

Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winning director David Cromer helms the production that will officially open March 4. The Barrow Street Theatre was also the home of Cromer's acclaimed staging of Our Town.

The cast features Academy Award nominee Mare Winningham ("Georgia") and Jeff Perry (August: Osage County), who appeared as husband and wife on "Grey's Anatomy." They reunite on stage as the parents of a young deaf man, played by Russell Harvard ("There Will Be Blood").

Also appearing are Will Brill (Cromer's Our Town), Susan Pourfar (Cromer's When the Rain Stops Falling) and Gayle Rankin (The Illusion).

Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter, who produced Cromer's acclaimed staging of Thornton Wilder's Our Town Off-Broadway, are the produces of Tribes. Patrick Daly, of Jean Doumanian Productions, is also among the producers.



The creative team includes Tony Award-winning scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Tristan Raines, lighting designer Keith Parham, sound designer Daniel Kluger and projection designer Jeff Sugg.

Here's how the play is billed: "In Tribes, Billy was born deaf into a hearing family, and raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his parents' house. He has adapted brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, but they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood."

Cromer recently staged Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves. His credits also include Adding Machine, When the Rain Stops Falling, Picnic and the short-lived 2009 Broadway revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs.

For tickets visit Smarttix.com. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street.