Alexander Zeldin's LOVE will make its North American premiere at Park Avenue Armory beginning February 25. Performances for the Off-Broadway run are slated through March 25 with opening night set for February 28. An artist talk is scheduled for March 9.
The play delves into the lives of families living in temporary public housing in the days before Christmas. The group of strangers brought together include a middle-aged man and his elderly mother, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan, and a Syrian refugee. Zeldin used personal interviews and first-hand accounts collected over the years to write the play, which will be performed with the house lights on.
Starring will be Alex Austin, Amelda Brown, Naby Dakhli, Janet Etuk, Amelia Finnegan, Oliver Finnegan, Nick Holder, Hind Swareldahab, and Grace Willoughby.
Zeldin also directs his play, which will feature set and costume design by Natasha Jenkins, lighting design by Marc Williams, sound design by Josh Anio Grigg, movement by Marcin Rudy, associate direction by Elin Schofield, and casting by Jacob Sparrow.
“LOVE invites us into the lives of those who are often unseen, but doing so with love in a way that ignites our compassion and empathy,” says Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi in a statement.
LOVE is part of Zeldin’s trilogy of plays The Inequalities, which together explore the human impact of austerity in Great Britain. The Inequalities also includes Beyond Caring, which premiered in 2014, and Faith, Hope and Charity, which opened in 2019. LOVE premiered in 2016 at the National Theatre and subsequently toured across Europe. It was then adapted into a film by the BBC.
A Park Avenue Armory and A Zeldin Company Production, LOVE was originally produced by National Theatre of Great Britain, in a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and produced for European touring by Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe and A Zeldin Company.