Mare Winningham, Jeff Perry and Russell Harvard Are the Family of Off-Broadway's Tribes; David Cromer Directs
By Adam Hetrick
Academy Award nominee Mare Winningham, Jeff Perry and Russell Harvard will star in the American premiere of Nina Raine's Olivier Award-nominated play Tribes, which will be staged by David Cromer Off-Broadway beginning Feb. 16.
Winningham ("Georgia") and Perry (August: Osage County), who appeared as husband and wife on "Grey's Anatomy," will reunite on stage as the parents of a young deaf man, played by Harvard ("There Will Be Blood"), in Raine's drama about a dysfunctional family.
Tribes will also feature 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.
The production officially opens March 4 at the Barrow Street Theatre, which was also the home of Cromer's Our Town.
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.
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