David Cromer Will Stage Nina Raine's Olivier Award-Nominated Play Tribes Off-Broadway

News   David Cromer Will Stage Nina Raine's Olivier Award-Nominated Play Tribes Off-Broadway
Nina Raine's Olivier Award-nominated family drama Tribes, which debuted at London's Royal Court in 2010, will arrive Off-Broadway in February 2012 under the direction of David Cromer.

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Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter, who produced Cromer's acclaimed staging of Thornton Wilder's Our Town Off-Broadway, will also produce Raine's play about a young deaf man and his dysfunctional family.

Tribes will begin previews in mid-February 2012 and officially open March 4, 2012, at the Barrow Street Theatre, which was also the home of Cromer's Our Town.

Casting and creative team will be announced shortly.

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 parent’s 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. Yes, Billy's family can hear, but will they ever listen?"

Cromer recently staged Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves. His credits also include Adding Machine, When the Rain Stops Falling, Picnic and the short-lived 2009 Broadway revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Tickets will go on sale Dec. 15 via Smarttix.com. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street.

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