Eno and Letts at Drama Book Shop on Friday June 6
Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno, author of Broadway’s The Realistic Joneses and The Open House, will appear at The Drama Book Shop (250 W 40th Street) on Friday, June 6, 2014, from 6-7 PM for a Q&A and book signing of The Realistic Joneses, which is now on sale for a limited time only through The Drama Book Shop. Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts, who is currently co-starring in The Realistic Joneses and won the 2013 Best Actor Tony for his performance in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, will join Eno for the event. Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come first-served basis with priority given to those who have purchased a copy of The Realistic Joneses through The Drama Book Shop. A raffle for two (2) tickets to see The Realistic Joneses on Broadway will be held at the end of the Q&A.
Copies of The Realistic Joneses can be purchased at The Drama Book Shop either in person or through their online store at: http://www.dramabookshop.com/book/9781783191178.
The Realistic Joneses will play its final performance on Sunday, July 6, 2014. It began previews Thursday, March 13, 2014, with an official opening night on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th Street). Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of the Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th Street).
The Realistic Joneses stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner; Academy Award and Tony Award-nominee Toni Collette (“Hostages,” “United States of Tara,” The Sixth Sense, The Wild Party), Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winner Michael C. Hall (“Dexter,” Chicago, “Six Feet Under”), Tony Award-winner Tracy Letts (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; August: Osage County; “Homeland”), and Academy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny; The Wrestler; Salomé).
The production is directed by Obie Award-winner Sam Gold, who recently received critical acclaim for his production of Fun Home at the Public Theater. It features scenic design by David Zinn, costumes by Kaye Voyce, lighting by Mark Barton, and sound by Leon Rothenberg.
Here’s what critics had to say:
“A PLEASURABLE RUSH VIRTUALLY UNMATCHED BY ANYTHING I’VE SEEN THIS SEASON. Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as ‘The Realistic Joneses,’ do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really. Broadway has long been a place inhospitable to the truly active currents of contemporary theater, so the opening of Will Eno’s play at the Lyceum Theater is AN OCCASION WORTH CELEBRATING. Mr. Eno’s voice may be the most singular of his generation; it’s humane, literate and slyly hilarious.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“(****) FOUR STARS! A MARVEL OF INFIDELITY, MORTALITY AND COSMIC PROFUNDITY! The powerhouse cast is excellent, playing the minimalistic music of the lines without losing warmth or individuality.”
– David Cote, Time Out NY
“THE MARVELOUS, ALL-STAR CAST SAVORS EVERY LAST SYLLABLE OF THIS HYPNOTICALLY QUIRKY AND WITTY PLAY, snappily delivered by certifiable stars. Tracy Letts and Toni Collette are terribly funny, and Marisa Tomei and Michael C. Hall are perfect.”
“A SHARP TREAT that movingly emphasizes the ultimate commonality of the human condition. Director Sam Gold and his excellent cast ensure that its humor and poignancy are equally served.”
– USA Today
The Realistic Joneses is an inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know about those neighbors and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei star in this new play, hailed by the New York Times as “far and away the most stimulating, adventurous and flat-out good play to be produced on Broadway this year.” The Realistic Joneses is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold.
The Realistic Joneses is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, Susan Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, Andy Sandberg, Scott M. Delman, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, CandyWendyJamie Productions, Amy Danis & Mark Johannes, Finn Moellenberg Productions, Angelina Fiordellisi, Jay Franke, Gesso Productions, Grimaldi Astrachan Hello Entertainment, Meg Herman, Mara Smigel Rutter Productions, KM-R&D, and Will Trice, in association with Yale Repertory Theatre.
*Toni Collette is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.
WILL ENO (Author) is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre. The Realistic Joneses had its premiere at the Yale Repertory Theater. The Realistic Joneses and Title and Deed (Signature Theater) were on the New York Times’ “Best Plays of 2012” list. Gnit, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, premiered at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 2013. Middletown, winner of the Horton Foote Award, premiered at the Vineyard Theater and was subsequently produced at Steppenwolf Theatre. Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into over a dozen languages.
TRACY LETTS (Bob Jones). Broadway: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony, Drama Desk awards). New York: Orson’s Shadow at the Barrow Street Theatre. Ensemble member and artistic associate at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Previous Steppenwolf credits include Penelope, American Buffalo (also the McCarter), Betrayal, The Pillowman, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, Glengarry Glen Ross and many others. TV: “Homeland.” As a playwright, he is the author of Killer Joe, Bug, Man From Nebraska (Pulitzer finalist), August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award for Best Play) and Superior Donuts.