Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning The Skin of Our Teeth closes May 29. The work officially opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater April 25, following previews that began April 1. Obie winner and LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz made her Broadway directorial debut helming the production, which coincided with the 125th anniversary of Our Town playwright Wilder's birth.
The show is currently nominated for six 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Direction of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play, and a Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play nod for Gabby Beans.
Following the Antrobus family through an Ice Age, a biblical flood, and war, The Skin of Our Teeth looks closely at what it means to survive and to live. The work premiered on Broadway in 1942 with a production starring Tallulah Bankhead, Frederic March, Florence Eldridge, and Montgomery Clift. The piece would go on to win the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the years since, the work has been revived on Broadway two times before this current production, which is the Main Stem's first since 1975.
Leading the cast are James Vincent Meredith, Roslyn Ruff, Paige Gilbert, Julian Robertson, Gabby Beans, and Priscilla Lopez, appearing alongside Eunice Bae, Terry Bell, Ritisha Chakraborty, William DeMeritt, Jeremy Gallardo, Avery Glymph, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Noor Hamdi, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Maya Jackson, Anaseini Katoa, Cameron Keitt, Megan Moax, Kathimarice Lopez, Lindsay Rico, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Julyana Soelistyo, Phillip Taratula, Beau Thom, Alphonso Walker, Jr., Arienne Wells, and Sarin Monae West in the ensemble.
The production, which included new material by Gloria and Everybody playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, also featured sets by Adam Rigg, costumes by Montana Levi Blanco, lighting by Yi Zhao, sound by Palmer Hefferan, and projections by Hannah Wasileski. Charles M. Turner III is the stage manager, and casting is by Daniel Swee.