Conversation Ends: Acclaimed City, Starring Jan Maxwell, Closes

News   Conversation Ends: Acclaimed City, Starring Jan Maxwell, Closes
The Lincoln Center Theater Off-Broadway production of Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation, which officially opened to strong reviews May 5, ends its extended run July 26 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Jan Maxwell and Kevin O’Rourke
Jan Maxwell and Kevin O’Rourke Photo by Stephanie Berger

Directed by Doug Hughes, the cast of the political-family drama features John Aylward, Phillip James Brannon, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, multiple Tony nominee Jan Maxwell, Luke Niehaus, Kevin O’Rourke and Michael Simpson.

 Read the reviews here.

The City of Conversation, according to press notes, "tells the story of political hostess Hester Ferris (played by Jan Maxwell), a behind the scenes mover and shaker in the nation’s capital, and of the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family over a period of 30 years, from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency."

The production has sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Tyler Micoleau and original music and sound by Mark Bennett.

Anthony Giardina is a playwright and novelist. His plays, including Living at Home, An American Family, Scenes from La Vie de Boheme, The Beach, Black Forest and Custody of the Eye, have been produced at Playwrights Horizons and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and regionally at Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre and the Cleveland Playhouse.

Tickets, priced from $77 to $87, are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at or by visiting

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