Following a sold-out run at the Public Theater, Sea Wall / A Life, starring Tony nominee Tom Sturridge and Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, will play Broadway's Hudson Theatre this summer. Performances will begin July 26 ahead of an August 8 opening.
The back-to-back monologue plays, directed by Carrie Cracknell, explore the joys and pain of both love and loss as the men recall past events involving those they love.
Simon Stephens' Sea Wall finds Sturridge, in his third collaboration with the Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright (Heisenberg, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) in an exploration of the human need to know the unknowable. Gyllenhaal continues his collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Payne (Constellations, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet) for A Life, an emotional examination of how sons become fathers and the transformative power of love.
“The longstanding artistic relationships we share and beautiful material from Nick and Simon make this production an especially meaningful collaborative journey,” said Gyllenhaal, who returns to the Hudson after reopening the venue with Sunday in the Park With George in 2017. “Carrie Cracknell has crafted a true theatrical event from two distinct monologues, which, together, shine a light on the universal experience and heart-filled exploration of the beauty of life and meaning of love. Tom and I are incredibly proud to bring this story to Broadway.”
Sea Wall / A Life ran at The Public February 1–March 31. The limited Broadway engagement is scheduled to run through September 29.
Gyllenhaal's company Nine Stories is among the producers of the Hudson Theatre bow, along with Ambassador Theatre Group, Seaview Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions, and The Public Theater.
The staging features a set by Laura Jellinek, costumes by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Guy Hoare, and original music by Stuart Earl.