They'll Take Manhattan: O'Toole and Denham Star in Premiere of Rapp's NYC-Set Kindness

News   They'll Take Manhattan: O'Toole and Denham Star in Premiere of Rapp's NYC-Set Kindness
The world premiere of Adam Rapp's Kindness, featuring Annette O'Toole as a Midwestern mother who flees with her son to New York City, begins performances Sept. 25 at Playwrights Horizons in Manhattan.
Annette O'Toole
Annette O'Toole Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Rapp-directed play in PH's intimate Peter Jay Sharp Theater continues to Nov. 2 and also features Christopher Denham, of Off-Broadway's Red Light Winter and Broadway's The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Obie Award winner Ray Anthony Thomas (Forced Continuum); and Katherine Waterston (Los Angeles at The Flea, the film "The Babysitters").

Opening is Oct. 13.

Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee O'Toole's Oscar nomination was for Original Song for the film "A Mighty Wind." She was Martha Kent on TV's "Smallville."

In Kindness, according to Playwrights Horizons, "an ailing mother (O'Toole) and her teenaged son (Denham) flee Illinois and a crumbling marriage for the relative calm and safety of a midtown Manhattan hotel. Mom holds tickets to a popular musical about love among bohemians. Her son isn't interested. So Mom takes the kindly cabdriver (Thomas) instead, while the boy entertains an enigmatic, potentially dangerous young woman (Waterston) from down the hall. Adam Rapp's Kindness is a play about the possibility for sympathy in a harsh world, and the meaning of mercy in the face of devastating circumstances."

The production features scenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Daphne Javitch, lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger and sound design by Eric Shim. The production stage manager is Richard Hodge.

Adam Rapp with Katherine Waterston
photo by Aubrey Reuben

Rapp's plays include Essential Self-Defense, Red Light Winter (a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Obie Award), Bingo with the Indians, American Sligo, Blackbird, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Nocturne, Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, Animals and Plants, Finer Noble Gases, Faster, Trueblinka, Dreams of the Salthorse and Gompers. The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7 PM. Tickets are $50.

Tickets may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200, or in person at the Ticket Central box office at the Playwrights Horizons complex at 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

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Currently playing PH's Mainstage Theater is the world premiere of Nicky Silver's Three Changes.

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