CAST ANNOUNCED FOR NINA RAINE’S “TRIBES”
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP/ MARK TAPER FORUM
FEBRUARY 27 THROUGH APRIL 14, 2013
CTG Production Features
Cast Members From
Hit Off-Broadway Production
Center Theatre Group has announced the cast of the upcoming production of “Tribes” at the Mark Taper Forum which will feature cast members from the acclaimed off-Broadway production at Barrow Street Theatre. The West Coast Premiere of Nina Raine’s “Tribes” will be presented February 27 through April 14, 2013. The opening is set for March 10.
Directed by David Cromer, the cast features original New York cast members Will Brill, Russell Harvard, Susan Pourfar and Gayle Rankin, as well as Lee Roy Rogers and Jeff Still who took over roles in the long-running production. Scenic design is by Scott Pask, costume design is by Tristan Raines, lighting design is by Keith Parham, sound design is by Daniel McKluger and projection design is by Jeff Sugg. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.
The Barrow Street Theatre production of “Tribes” is a penetrating new comic drama by Nina Raine about belonging, family and the value of communication. At the center of “Tribes” is Billy, the youngest son of a raucous family of intellectuals obsessed with self expression. As his parents and siblings verbally spar and compete for attention, Billy, who is deaf, catches what he can by lip-reading. When Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman who is an expert at sign language and is losing her hearing, he asks her to teach him how to sign, and for the first time, he is introduced to the deaf community. Billy’s life is transformed as a different world is unveiled to him. But when a new door opens, does another have to be closed?
“Tribes” was on the Best of 2012 lists in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Time Out New York. Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post called “Tribes” off-Broadway a “. . . dazzling play . . . pitch-perfect.” Adam Feldman of Time Out said, “. . . there are moments in this play that I don’t think I will ever forget – scenes that tap the beauty that can live and resound in silence.” Paul Levy of the Wall St. Journal said of the London premiere, “It’s the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring – and funniest – new play in recent years.”
Nina Raine, after graduating from Oxford, began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre. She dramaturged and directed “Unprotected” at the Liverpool Everyman, for which she won several awards. Her first play, “Rabbit,” was presented in London’s West End in 2006 before being produced as part of the Brits Off-Broadway festival in New York. She directed her second play, “Tiger Country,” at Hampstead Theatre, where it had a sold-out run, and she also directed “Shades,” and “Jumpy” which opened in the West End in August 2012.
“Tribes” was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre. In addition to the Olivier nomination, the play won the Off West End Theatre Award and was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for best new play. In New York the play also won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.
David Cromer, a recipient of a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, has received Obie Awards for his direction of “Our Town” which ran for 18 months at the Barrow Street Theatre (and also won Lortel Awards for Direction and Outstanding Revival), and “Adding Machine” at the Minetta Lane (also Lortel Award). Recent credits include “The House of Blue Leaves” on Broadway, “When the Rain Stops Falling” (Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction) at Lincoln Center Theater, “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on Broadway and “Orson’s Shadow” at Barrow Street.
Tickets for “Tribes” are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.