City Theatre launches into its 2012-2013 season with Maple and Vine, a provocative '50s fantasy by Jordan Harrison.
Directed by Kip Fagan, Maple and Vine runs on City Theatre's Mainstage from October 13 to November 4.
Burned out by their hectic lifestyles, a Manhattan couple moves to Maple and Vine, a corner of the world where the milkman still makes daily deliveries and the housewives' smiles are as sweet as their homemade apple pies.
This is 1955—perpetually. Reenacting the era with startling authenticity, the community gives up their smartphones for switchboards. But when their civil liberties are in question, what will they sacrifice for happiness?
"We are thrilled to open City Theatre's 38th season just before the Presidential election with Maple and Vine, a new play about a community that reenacts 1955 indefinitely," says Tracy Brigden, City Theatre's artistic director. "The play is a striking portrait of American life, then and now, and the juxtaposition of the two worlds has profound and ironic resonance on our current national debate in this election year.
"In an age when we eagerly watch the latest Mad Men episode with equal parts envy and scorn, this play poses the intriguing question: Would you give up your fast-paced, twenty-first century life for the chance at happiness in a kinder, ‘simpler' time?"
Maple and Vine
marks New York director Kip Fagan's City Theatre debut. Mr. Fagan has developed new plays with Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, New Dramatists, Ars Nova, The Lark, and a variety of regional theatres. He has taught and/or directed at SUNY Purchase, The Juilliard School, and NYU. Most recently, he directed Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation (Marin Theatre Company co-produced with Encore Theatre) in the Bay Area.
In addition, Maple and Vine features Robin Abramson, Ross Beschler, Caralyn Kozlowski, Nelson Lee, and Greg McFadden.
City Theatre will feature ticket and drink specials for audiences who dress to impress—1950s style on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at the box office, 1300 Bingham Street, by calling 412.431.CITY (2489) or at www.citytheatrecompany.org.