Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy Begins at Playwrights Horizons Feb. 17

News   Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy Begins at Playwrights Horizons Feb. 17
Life begins to imitate art in Small Tragedy, Craig Lucas' new play about a troupe of actors staging Oedipus, starting previews Feb. 17 at Off Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.
Lee Pace, of Small Tragedy
Lee Pace, of Small Tragedy

The play by the author of Reckless, Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza and The Dying Gaul, "commences with auditions for an out-of-town production of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and progresses through rehearsals, where backstage relationships among the six-member cast threaten to sabotage the production," according to Playwrights Horizons. "As rehearsals continue, hidden truths emerge, and reality begins to emulate Oedipus in startling ways."

Mark Wing-Davey (Mad Forest) directs. Performances play the PH Mainstage at 416 W. 42nd Street. Opening is set for March 11. The first performance is a "pay what you can" show: A limited number of tickets will be offered on a walk-up, cash-only, first-come, first-served basis, starting one hour before showtime. Audience members are asked to "pay what they can" at the time of admission. Seating is subject to availability. Tickets, limited to two per person, will go on sale at 7 PM for the 8 PM curtain. Pay What You Can Night is made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund, allowing PH to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theatre ticket.

The cast features Lee Pace, Mary Shultz, Rob Campbell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Daniel Eric Gold and Ana Reeder.

Designers are Douglas Stein (set), Marina Draghici (costumes), Jennifer Tipton (lighting) and John Gromada (sound).

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Mark Wing-Davey recently directed Henry V in Central Park and a unique dual staging of King Lear at PlayMakers Rep in North Carolina (audiences chose either the entire First Folio version at more than three hours or a trimmed version, on different nights).

Wing-Davey is perhaps still best known for his memorable work on Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, in which both Campbell and Shultz appeared. Other credits include the Public Theater's 36 Views and The Skriker.

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