Christopher Shinn’s Judgment Day, Starring Luke Kirby, Begins at the Park Avenue Armory

Off-Broadway News   Christopher Shinn’s Judgment Day, Starring Luke Kirby, Begins at the Park Avenue Armory
The world-premiere adaptation of Ödön von Horváth’s 1937 play takes over the Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
Luke Kirby
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Performances begin December 5 in the Park Avenue Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall for the world premiere of Judgment Day. The new work is an adaptation by Christopher Shinn of Ödön von Horváth’s 1937 play of the same name, helmed by The Hairy Ape director Richard Jones.

Luke Kirby, an Emmy winner for his performance as Lenny Bruce on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, leads a cast of 16 that also includes Susannah Perkins (Network; The Wolves) as Anna, Alyssa Bresnahan (Network; 27 Dresses) as Mrs. Hudetz, and Henry Stram (Junk; The Elephant Man) as Alfons, with Alex Breaux (Hustlers; Red Speedo), Charles Brice (Homeland; The Punisher), Cricket Brown, Gina Daniels (Network; Orange is the New Black), Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Desperate Housewives), Maurice Jones (Lifespan of a Fact; 30 Rock), Andy Murray (The Seafarer; The Emperor Jones), Tom McGowan (LaBête; Wicked), George Merrick (Beetlejuice; South Pacific), Jason O’Connell (Happy Birthday Wanda June; Pride and Prejudice), Joe Wegner (Tales of the City), and Jeena Yi (Network; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

Christopher Shinn Marc J. Franklin

Part moral fable, part sociopolitical comedy, and part noirish thriller, von Horváth’s Judgment Day details the story of a German stationmaster who is responsible for a fatal train crash when he is distracted by a woman. Though they avoid initial punishment, their shared past—and the inevitable judgment—haunts them.

Written on the eve of WWII, the play, like others written by von Horváth, has been seen as an allegory for the indoctrination of Nazi ideology.

Jones' production makes full use of the interior of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, with a monumental set designed by Paul Steinberg. Rounding out the production team are Tony–nominated lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin, costume designer Antony McDonald , and music and sound designer Daniel Kluger.

The Park Avenue Armory production is scheduled through January 10, 2020.

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