Transport Group World Premiere of Jonathan Franzen's House for Sale Opens Off-Broadway Oct. 24

By Adam Hetrick
October 24, 2012

The world-premiere stage adaptation of "Freedom" author Jonathan Franzen's autobiographical essay "House for Sale" officially opens Off-Broadway Oct. 24 after previews that began Oct. 13 at the  Duke on 42nd Street.



Daniel Fish adapted the essay and directs House for Sale, which will continue through Nov. 18. House for Sale has an original score by Polly Pen.

The cast features Rob Campbell (Translations, In the Blood), Merritt Janson (As You Like It, Paradise Lost), Lisa Joyce ("Boardwalk Empire," La Bete), Christina Rouner (Coram Boy, The Duchess of Malfi) and Michael Rudko (The Best Man, Titus Andronicus).

According to the Transport Group, "House for Sale follows Franzen as he travels to his childhood home in Missouri to sell the family house following his mother's death. Beset by memory and feeling a keen burden to sell the property for a price his exacting mother would accept, Franzen purges the home of personal artifacts, unearths hidden mini-treasures, and selects the realtor who will sell this reliquary of family memories. Exploring ideas of change, loss, and the value of the 'quintessential American Dream,' House for Sale is a daring exploration of the merging of art forms as well as an examination of the very essence of the human condition."

House for Sale has scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Therese Wadden, lighting design by Thomas Dunn, sound design by Daniel Kluger and video projections design by Andrew Lazarow. Katya Stanislavskaya is the musical director.

Franzen's works also include "Freedom," "The Corrections," "The Twenty-Seventh City," "Strong Motion," "How to Be Alone," "The Discomfort Zone" and "Farther Away."

Visit www.transportgroup.org or phone (646) 223-3010.