NYC's Drunken City Cast Announced; Carrafa Will Choreograph

News   NYC's Drunken City Cast Announced; Carrafa Will Choreograph
The complete cast and creative team have been announced for Playwrights Horizons' New York City premiere of The Drunken City by Adam Bock, to begin March 13.
Urinetown choreographer John Carrafa.
Urinetown choreographer John Carrafa. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Bock is the 2007 Obie Award-winning playwright known for The Receptionist, The Thugs and Swimming in the Shallows. Opening is March 26 on Playwrights Horizons' intimate Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Performances will continue through April 20.

Trip Cullman (Some Men, Swimming in the Shallows, Bad Jazz, The Last Sunday in June) will direct a cast that includes the previously announced Barrett Foa (Avenue Q, …Spelling Bee) and Maria Dizzia (Eurydice at Second Stage), with Cassie Beck (world premiere of Bock's Thursday at Encore Theatre), Mike Colter (A Soldier's Play at Second Stage), Sue Jean Kim (BFE at Playwrights Horizons) and Alfredo Narciso (A Streetcar Named Desire at Roundabout, The Misanthrope at NYTW).

Two-time Tony Award nominee John Carrafa (Urinetown, Into the Woods, Love! Valour! Compassion!) will create choreography for the tale of three brides-to-be who go out on the town.

About the new play, Bock said in a statement, "There's a dramatic truism that when a character in a play is drunk, he or she will be the truth-teller, so I thought, 'Hey, why not write a play where everyone is drunk — that way truth'll be flying everywhich everywhere.'"

According to Playwrights Horizons, "Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be (Cassie Beck, Maria Dizzia, Sue Jean Kim) find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them (Beck) suddenly begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted handsome stranger (Colter). The Drunken City is a wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a city that never sleeps." The production features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Jenny Mannis, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Bart Fasbender. Production stage manager will be Bess Marie Glorioso.

The performance schedule for The Drunken City will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7 PM. Tickets are $45 and will go on sale to the general public starting Feb. 13.

Tickets may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central box office at Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).


The LIVEforFIVE lottery for the production will be the first preview on March 13 at 7:30 PM. A new initiative created this season as part of the PH's Arts Access program, LIVEforFIVE makes available $5 tickets for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company's website.



Next up at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage is the New York City premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone starring Mary-Louise Parker.

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