Theater Breaking Through Barriers Presents A.R. Gurney's The Fourth Wall

Off-Broadway News   Theater Breaking Through Barriers Presents A.R. Gurney's The Fourth Wall
The company that works with both able-bodied artists and those with disabilities is behind the play's first-ever Off-Broadway revival.
Christopher Burris
Christopher Burris

Performances begin May 26 at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at The A.R.T./New York Theatres for the first Off-Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's 1992 play The Fourth Wall. The production is presented by Theater Breaking Through Barriers, a company which integrates able-bodied actors with artists with disabilities.

Christopher Burris directs a cast made up of Stephen Drabicki (A.R. Gurney’s The Interview), Ann Marie Morelli (The Unexpected Guest), Pamela Sabaugh (Samuel D. Hunter’s The Healing), and Nicholas Viselli (The Unexpected Guest).

In The Fourth Wall, a woman, to her husband's chagrin, has redecorated their living room to resemble a stage set. Everything faces one wall, and everyone who enters the room begins to behave as if they were actors in a play. Performances continue through June 23.

The production team includes Ashley Scott (assistant director), Courtney E. Butt (costumes), Andy Evan Cohan (sound design), Bert Scott (set/lighting), Grace Richardson (production manager), Michal V. Mendelson (production stage manager), Eddy Roland (assistant stage manager), Dionne McClain-Feeney (musical director), and Steve Asher (general manager).

The Fourth Wall received its New York premiere in 2002.

Theater Breaking Through Barriers previously staged Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing and a revival of Charles Ludlam's The Artificial Jungle.

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