Drive-In Movies Conjured in Debate Society Premiere Cape Disappointment, Starting Nov. 22 in NYC | Playbill

News Drive-In Movies Conjured in Debate Society Premiere Cape Disappointment, Starting Nov. 22 in NYC
The Debate Society, the Brooklyn theatre group that isn't afraid to experiment, presents its new piece, the drive-in movie-inspired Cape Disappointment, Nov. 22-Dec. 7 at Performance Space 122 in Manhattan.

Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, and directed and developed by Oliver Butler, the world premiere features Bos, Thureen, Michael Cyril Creighton and Drama Desk Award winner and Obie winner Pamela Payton-Wright, the acclaimed actress who happens to be Butler's mother.

According to The Debate Society, known for the antic, darkly comic The Eaten Heart and The Snow Hen, "A decaying drive-in comes to life with stories of lighthouses, naughty little girls and places you imagine remembering. So please sit back, relax, refrain from loud talking and rough-housing, turn off your headlights, enjoy some tasty popcorn, put litter in its place, keep an eye on your children, think about how happy we could be, and remember that this country is full of dark, dark places along dark, dark roadways where dark, dark things can happen."

This is The Debate Society’s fourth full-length play. It "transforms the upstairs space at P.S. 122 into their own version of a drive-in theatre to present an intimate and absurd perspective of classic Americana."

Audiences are invited "to experience the Feature Presentation from the comfort of their own private four-seater, equipped with a cooler, speaker box, and a close-up view of the action. Like an evening at the drive-in, Cape Disappointment starts with a 'cartoon' and proceeds to the feature: a road-trip epic populated by characters racing across the crumbling landscapes of bygone hey-days. There's even an intermission tossed in just long enough to grab some popcorn."

The acclaimed The Debate Society design team returns to create the vivid world of the play: lighting designer Mike Riggs, costume designer Sydney Maresca, sound designer Nathan Leigh. The Debate Society is comprised of Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen (writer/performers) and Oliver Butler (director/developer). The trio's plays include A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You're Welcome (Dixon Place) and The Eaten Heart (Ontological-Hysteric Theater). The company has toured the country.

Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at East 9th Street in Manhattan.

Cape Disappointment plays Monday–Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 6 PM. No performance Nov. 26, Nov. 27 or Dec. 1. Added performance on Dec. 6 at 10:30 PM. Tickets from $18, $15 (students/seniors), $10 (P.S. 122 members).

Tickets may be purchased online at or via phone at (212) 352-3101.


Performance Space 122 is New York's ultimate destination for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and cross-media. Founded in 1979, Performance Space 122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, and performance. Committed to exploring innovative form as well as material, P.S. 122 is steadfast in its search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures and points of view.

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