The world premiere of Continuity at the Manhattan Theater Club, the new play by Bess Wohl (Small Mouth Sounds, American Hero), nominated for the Drama Desk Awards and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) , nominated for the Tony Awards, begins performances tomorrow at the Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street). Opening night is set for Tuesday, May 21.
The Continuity cast includes Max Baker (1984, The Explorers Club), Jasmine Batchelor (The River), Rosal Colón (“Orange is the New Black,” Between Riverside and Crazy), Curran Connor (Pidgeon, A Picture of Autumn), Garcia (“Tales of the City”), Darren Goldstein (Lillian Hellman’s Little Foxes, The Madrid), Alex Hurt (Cardinal, The Whirligig) and Megan Ketch (The Big Wedding, “American Gothic”).
A sheet of ice lies in the New Mexico desert. A mad eco-terrorist plants a bomb to save humanity. A beleaguered film crew tries to get one last shot before they lose the light. In Continuity, storytelling and science collide with hilarious and devastating consequences. The piece asks, “How can we go on when hope can seem as fictional as a Hollywood ending?” and also, “What’s for lunch?”
This world premiere is from Bess Wohl (Small Mouth Sounds) and directed by Tony-nominated Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812).
Continuity’s creative team includes Adam Rigg (stage design), Brenda Abbandandolo (costume design), Isabella Byrd (lighting design) and Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design).
The Studio at Stage II was partially funded by a major grant from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
Continuity was commissioned and produced by MTC with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of The Sloan Initiative: Setting the Stage for Science and Technology. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
The Manhattan Theater Club, under the direction of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious theater companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have won numerous awards, including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 24 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theaters at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include INK by James Graham; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman; Jitney and August Wilson’s Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with a translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Richard Greenberg’s Assembled Parties; Spirit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Evidence from David Auburn; The Story of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; To like! Value! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the musical by Fats Waller. For more information about MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
Tickets for Continuity can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). New subscribers and subscribers can join MTC’s 2018-2019 season now by calling MTC’s Subscriber Services at (212) 399-3030. For more information and a full schedule of performances, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.