Tribes Welcomes Lee Roy Rogers and Dina Thomas Off-Broadway Sept. 4

By Adam Hetrick
September 4, 2012

Nina Raine's Off-Broadway drama Tribes, which premiered to acclaim last spring, welcomes Lee Roy Rogers and Dina Thomas to its unconventional clan beginning Sept. 4 at the Barrow Street Theatre.



Rogers (Orson’s Shadow) takes on the role of family matriarch Beth, and Thomas (See How They Run) assumes the role of her daughter Ruth. They replace Academy Award nominee Mare Winningham and Gayle Rankin, respectively. 

The cast will also welcome Susannah Flood beginning Sept. 25. She will succeed Susan Pourfar in the role of Syliva.

The cast of Tribes also features Will Brill (Our Town) as Daniel, Russell Harvard ("The Hammer," "There Will Be Blood") as Billy and Jeff Still (August: Osage County) as Christopher.

Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winning director David Cromer (Our Town, The House of Blue Leaves) directed the intimate, in-the-round production about a young deaf man who escapes the emotional cacophony of his dysfunctional family when a woman who is losing her hearing transforms his life. It began previews Feb. 16 and opened to critical raves March 4 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Tribes extended its engagement through Jan. 6, 2013.

Tribes received the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play. It also received an Olivier Award nomination for its 2010 London debut.

Read the Playbill Magazine interview with Russell Harvard.

Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter, who produced Cromer's acclaimed staging of Thornton Wilder's Our Town Off-Broadway, are among the producers of Tribes. The producing team also includes Patrick Daly, 2Manocherians, Christian Chadd Taylor, Burnt Umber Productions, Roger E. Kass and Marc & Lisa Biales.

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."

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