Monday, August 20, 2018

Lucy Kirkwood's Eco-Thriller The Children Completes Studio Theatre's 2018-19 Main Series

From our friends at Studio Theatre...

Update to Studio Theatre's 2018-19 Season: Artistic Director David Muse to Direct Main Series Finale, Lucy Kirkwood's Eco-Thriller, The Children

The DC premiere of British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s urgent and unsettling eco-thriller The Children rounds out Studio Theatre’s Main Series for its 40th Anniversary Season. Directed by Studio Artistic Director David Muse, The Children deepens his relationship with Kirkwood’s work - he directed the DC premiere of her play Chimerica in 2015. Inspired in part by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear explosion in Japan, Kirkwood’s disaster drama begins as an old love triangle flaring to life in the aftermath of a natural disaster and morphs into a disquieting look at the cataclysmic impact of human intervention in the natural world.

The Children begins May 1, 2019 and will be presented in Studio’s Metheny Theatre. Tickets to this production will be available beginning today at

The Children is full of Kirkwood signatures that made Chimerica so satisfying - good dialogue, provocative ideas about the modern world, a sense of humor - but it’s much more controlled,” said Studio Artistic Director David Muse. “The play’s political and moral questions make it immediate to our current, precarious moment. The Children is a bit of an allegory, a play that on the surface is about a nuclear disaster, but is actually about what kind of responsibility we bear for future generations, and for giving them problems that aren’t of their own making.”

The Children joins the season-opening production of Steven Levenson’s family drama If I Forget; the candid comedy about new parenthood Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler; Admissions, a no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness by Joshua Harmon, author of Bad Jews, the best-selling show in Studio’s history; and a bold and Spanish-infused take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie in Queen of Basel by Hillary Bettis.

The Children
Written by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by David Muse
Begins May 1, 2019

About The Children:
In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden, and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood’s latest is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation - what one generation owes the next.

About Lucy Kirkwood:
Steven Levenson is the Tony Award-winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen. His plays include If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, Core Values, The Language of Trees, and Seven Minutes in Heaven. Honors include the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Nomination, Hull-Warriner Nomination, Lucille Lortel Nomination, and the Helen Hayes Award. A former Artist in Residence at Ars Nova and a member of the Roundabout Leadership Council, he worked for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and is a founding member of Colt Coeur and an alumnus of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and Ars Nova’s Play Group. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and the WGA.

About David Muse:
David Muse is in his ninth season as Artistic Director of Studio Theatre, where he has directed The Remains, The Effect, The Father, Constellations, Chimerica, Murder Ballad, Belleville, Cock, Tribes, The Real Thing, An Iliad, Dirt, Bachelorette, The Habit of Art, Venus in Fur, Circle Mirror Transformation, reasons to be pretty, Blackbird, Frozen, and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. Previously, he was Associate Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he directed seven productions, including Henry V, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, and last season's King Charles III (a co-production with ACT and Seattle Rep.) Other directing projects include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Arena Stage), The Bluest Eye (Theatre Alliance), and Patrick Page's Swansong (New York Summer Play Festival.) He has helped develop new work at numerous theatres, including New York Theatre Workshop, Geva Theatre Center, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, and The Kennedy Center. Muse has taught acting and directing at Georgetown, Yale, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy of Classical Acting. An eight-time Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Direction, he is a recipient of the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and the National Theatre Conference Emerging Artist Award. Muse is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Drama.

Now entering its 40th season, and its ninth under the leadership of Artistic Director David Muse, Studio Theatre is Washington’s premier venue for contemporary theatre, “where local audiences will find today’s edgiest playwrights” (Variety.) One of the most respected mid-sized theatres in the country, Studio Theatre produces exceptional contemporary drama in deliberately intimate spaces. Drawing inspiration from great ensembles - where people work together with a spirit of generosity and professional rigor - Studio brings characteristic thoughtfulness and daring to its work onstage and off, through its new work incubator and engagement, education, and workforce training initiatives. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in the 2018-19 Season, Studio looks to honor its history through encouraging a creative culture in which artistry and boldness stem from inclusion, training, stewardship, and the collaborative spirit of the rehearsal room. Every year, Studio serves nearly 75,000 people, including over 1,000 youth and young adults through engagement and education initiatives. Throughout Studio’s 40-year history, the quality of its work has been recognized by sustained community support, as well as 367 nominations and 70 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre.

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