The playwright makes his directorial debut with the production, which began performances at the downtown Manhattan venue April 21 for a run through May 30. (The opening night was changed from the originally announced date of May 9.) Where Do We Live, as described by the playwright, is "a play about two young men who live in the same apartment building and their lives intersect." The work premiered in May 2002 at London's Royal Court Theatre.
The ensemble cast includes Emily Bergl (The Lion in Winter, "The Rage: Carrie 2"), Daryl Edwards (Miss Evers' Boys), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (On The Town), Luke MacFarlane (Juvenilia, the upcoming "Kinsey"), Burl Moseley, Jacob Pitts ("Euro Trip"), Aaron Stanford ("X-Men 2), Liz Stauber ("Almost Famous") and Aaron Yoo (wAve).
The three-act play, which features a cast of nine actors and 17 characters, "offers a very panoramic view of New York City," Shinn told Playbill On-Line. "It's probably my most ambitious play."
The author's inspiration for the new work? "Really, it was [when] Sept. 11  happened; I owed The Royal Court a play, I had no money and I thought now is not the time to be broke," Shinn admitted. "It was written in a panic about being broke, starting on Sept. 12."
The design team of Where Do We Live features Rachel Hauck (scenic), David Weiner (lighting), Mattie Ullrich (costume) and Jill B.C. DuBoff (sound). The production also features original music by Storm P.
Shinn is the author of the plays Four and What Didn't Happen. Other plays include Other People, The Coming World and the scribe is also currently at work on a new musical with composer David H. Turner about a young composer who completes the unfinished musical of a late legendary Broadway songwriter.
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