Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a Thousand Colors Begins at the Public Oct. 7

By Adam Hetrick
October 7, 2013

The Public Theater and Theatre for a New Audience's co-production of Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a Thousand Colors begins performances Oct. 7 at the Public Theater.

André Gregory stages the American premiere of the play that features Shawn (Aunt Dan and Lemon, "My Dinner With Andre," "The Princess Bride"), Julie Hagerty, Emily Cass McDonnell, Kristina Mueller and Jennifer Tilly.

Performances will continue through Nov. 24. It officially opens Oct. 28.

Here's how the Public bills the piece: "Shawn's most outlandish work to date, Grasses of a Thousand Colors, is a disturbing and anomalously beautiful play that explores the role of human beings in nature and the role of nature in human beings, sexuality being as Shawn says, 'nature's most obvious footprint in the human soul.' The play's central character is a doctor who believes he has solved world hunger when he figures out how to rejigger the metabolisms of animals to tolerate eating their own kind. This has unexpected consequences. The play tells a story about the doctor, his wife, and his lovers, that is also a story about human beings and animals and the planet we live on."

The play is presented as part of the The Wallace Shawn-André Gregory Project – a retrospective celebrating a 40-year collaboration – which also included The Designated Mourner (presented earlier this summer). The Public Theater presented Shawn's first play in New York, Our Late Night, in 1975, directed by Gregory.

For further information phone (212) 967-7555, or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.