Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winning director David Cromer directs the American debut of Raine's play about a young deaf man at odds with his family who has his life transformed when he meets a young woman who is losing her hearing. The Off-Broadway production of Tribes is on sale through June 3 at the Barrow Street Theatre.
The play received its London debut in 2010 at the Royal Court, where it was also embraced by critics.
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The cast features Academy Award nominee Mare Winningham ("Georgia," "Mildred Pierce," "The Boys Next Door") and Jeff Perry (August: Osage County, Our Town) as the parents of an unconventional family where no subject, no matter how sensitive, is off limits. Russell Harvard ("There Will Be Blood") portrays their son Billy, who was never taught sign language, but has learned to adapt to life as a deaf man by reading lips.
Completing the cast are Will Brill (Cromer's Our Town) and Gayle Rankin (The Illusion) as siblings Daniel and Ruth, respectively, with Susan Pourfar (Cromer's When the Rain Stops Falling) as Sylvia, a woman born into a deaf family, who is slowly losing her hearing. She unlocks a new world of language and possibility for Billy. Here's how the play is billed: "In Tribes, Billy was born deaf into a hearing family, and raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his parents' house. He has adapted brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, but they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood."
For tickets to Tribes visit Smarttix.com. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street.