The Debate Society's Critically Acclaimed Jacuzzi Will Extend at Ars Nova | Playbill

News The Debate Society's Critically Acclaimed Jacuzzi Will Extend at Ars Nova Ars Nova's world premiere of the Debate Society's Jacuzzi – directed by Obie winner Oliver Butler and starring Tony nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime) – has announced a one-week extension through Nov. 8 as well as special guests to appear at select performances.

The production began previews Sept. 30 with an official opening Oct. 13 at Ars Nova (511 W. 54th Street).

In addition to Friedman are Hannah Bos (The Open House at Signature Theatre), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Paul Thureen.

The Debate Society, comprised of long-term collaborators Bos, Butler and Thureen, has been Ars Nova’s Company-in-Residence since 2012 and received a commission as well as ongoing developmental support to create Jacuzzi.

Here's how it's billed: "In the Marshall family's peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik (Thureen) and Helene (Bos) are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub."

Jacuzzi includes scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Jessica Ford, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by M.L. Dogg and prop design by Noah Mease. In addition to the extension, Ars Nova has also announced special guests for the previously announced Wet and Wild SaturPlay Performances, 2 PM on Oct 18, 25 and Nov. 1. These particular performances include access to In Hot Water with the Debate Society  – an on-set post-show discussion with the creators including mimosas. For the Oct. 18 performance the creators will be joined by Lisa Kron (Fun Home), for Oct. 25 they welcome Annie Baker (The Flick) and the final discussion will feature Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) Nov. 1.

Tickets are $35 for all regular performances.

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