|The Donmar Warehouse’s Acclaimed BLINDNESS to Open in NYC This Fall at the Daryl Roth Theatre|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:43 am EDT 10/08/20|
|"An exquisitely told story of resilience and hope."
- The Guardian
"Finally, some light in the darkness.
No ordinary theatrical experience - but then we live in extraordinary times."
- The New York Times
"An exhilarating testament to the power and necessity of art...
a unique and unforgettable achievement."
The Donmar Warehouse's Acclaimed
To Open in New York City This Fall
at the Daryl Roth Theatre
Based on the Novel by José Saramago
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
With the Voice of Juliet Stevenson
Producer Daryl Roth is honored to announce that Blindness, the socially distanced narrative by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), adapted from Nobel laureate José Saramago's novel and narrated by Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson, will open at the Daryl Roth Theatre (101 East 15th Street at Union Square East). The unique and timely work celebrated a sold-out premiere and glowing reviews at London's Donmar Warehouse last month and will mark one of New York City's first approved indoor events for in-person attendees since March 2020.
Blindness is planning to open in the Fall of 2020, pending the approval of public health protocols in accordance with current New York City and State COVID-19 guidelines. Attendees will see the space transformed to accommodate seating located the prescribed 6 feet apart; the venue has previously hosted non-traditional events such as De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta , and In & Of Itself.
"All of us are yearning for a sense of togetherness so dearly missed over these past many months," said producer Daryl Roth. "We are grateful to be able to present this beautiful, stirring, and thoughtful work, and are very fortunate to have flexible space that allows a return to shared experiences in a safe and controlled way."
Separate productions of Blindness are also planned to open in the coming months at Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company and Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre.
Blindness is directed by Walter Meierjohann, with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. Juliet Stevenson voices the Storyteller/Doctor's Wife in this gripping story of a world changed forever in the blink of an eye by an unimaginable global pandemic.
At the Donmar Warehouse, Blindness proved to be an exceptional opportunity for appreciative patrons to come together and witness its urgent and timely message. Just as it was presented at the Donmar, attendees in New York will hear the narrative unfolding around them through binaural headphone technology while surrounded by immersive lighting and atmospheric design and experience together, safely, the importance of community in our present moment and a reminder of the hopeful end that lies ahead.
An outline of health and safety protocols for Blindness at the Daryl Roth Theatre follows:
· All front of house staff will complete COVID compliance training.
· All visitors and staff will have their temperature taken upon arrival at the venue.
· All visitors and staff will be required to wear masks at all times while inside the venue.
· Tickets will be sold to a limited number of attendees per showing - as mandated by local and state regulations - with multiple showing times spaced throughout the day to allowing ample time in between for venue sanitization.
· All tickets will be sold in advance online. A simplified ticket exchange process is also being implemented online for the convenience of all patrons.
· All tickets will be sold in pairs, enabling two people in a "social bubble" to attend and be seated together. Each two-seat "pod" will be socially distanced 6 feet away from other pods.
· The venue will open 10 minutes prior to each showing.
· Enhanced building ventilation technologies will bring more fresh outdoor air into the venue and disinfect re-circulated air.
· Headphones will be individually sanitized between each showing.
Additional ticketing information and dates for Blindness will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit www.darylroththeatre.com to sign up for ticketing alerts.
Blindness runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 15+.
Production photos of Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse can be downloaded HERE.
JULIET STEVENSON (Voice of the Storyteller/Doctor's Wife) is one of Britain's leading actors. Her most recent theatre credits include The Doctor - for which she won the Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress and is currently nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress, Mary Stuart, Hamlet (Almeida/West End); Wings, Happy Days (Young Vic). Juliet won the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance in Death and the Maiden , and has been nominated a further five times. Juliet has received five BAFTA nominations for her work on screen. Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply - Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress; Bend it like Beckham; When did you last see your Father?; Being Julia. Juliet's latest television work includes Riviera and Out of her Mind, a comedy series with Sara Pascoe which will air from September. Her other credits include One of Us and The Enfield Haunting, and she appeared as a series regular in Atlantis and The Village. She was awarded the CBE in 1999.
SIMON STEPHENS (Writer) is an Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright. His theatre credits include Fortune (Metropolitan, Tokyo); Maria, Rage (Thalia, Hamburg); The Threepenny Opera (NT); Fatherland (MIF 2017/Lyric Hammersmith/LIFT Festival 2018); Heisenberg (West End); Obsession (Barbican/Toneelgroep, Amsterdam); The Seagull, Herons, Morning, Three Kingdoms, A Thousand Stars that Explode in the Sky, Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith); Carmen Disruption (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Almeida); Nuclear War, Birdland , Country Music, Bluebird (Royal Court); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time - Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play (NT/West End/Broadway); A Doll's House (Young Vic/West End); Sea Wall (Bush); Harper Regan, Port (Royal Exchange, Manchester/NT); On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange, Manchester). He has also written for film, television and radio. Simon is a professor at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith.
WALTER MEIERJOHANN (Director) was Artistic Director of HOME from 2013 to 2018 and International Associate Director at the Young Vic in London. At the Young Vic, his productions included the European premiere of In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell McCraney and Kafka's Monkey, which toured to Sydney, Melbourne, Athens, Paris, Tokyo, Istanbul, Taipei and New York. The production, which starred Kathryn Hunter, also showed in HOME's 2015 opening season, with Hunter reprising her lead role. Walter has worked extensively in Germany and the UK at theatres including: the Barbican; Liverpool Playhouse; Nottingham Playhouse; The Curve, Leicester; Residenztheater, Munich; Staatsschauspiel, Dresden; Schauspiel, Graz; and Arena, Berlin, for Peter Stein's Faust Ensemble and Impulse Theatre Festival. Prior to joining the Young Vic, Walter was Artistic Director of Neubau at the State Theatre of Dresden. In opera, he has assisted the late Klaus-Michael Grueber in his productions of Aida (Nederlands Opera, Amsterdam) and Don Giovanni (Ruhrfestspiele).
BEN AND MAX RINGHAM (Sound Designers). In 2019 Ben and Max, together with writer Ella Hickson, created ANNA - a headphone-based show at the National Theatre. They are co-creators of the immersive theatre company Wiretapper and associate artists with the Shunt Collective. Four-time Olivier Award nominees, last year they were awarded the H-100 2019 Award for Innovation in Theatre and Performance. Recent credits for the Donmar include Teenage Dick, Berberian Sound Studio and Belleville and their other recent theatre credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, Pinter at the Pinter (West End); Betrayal (West End/Broadway); The Seven Ages of Patience, Pass Over (Kiln); Ugly Lies the Bone, Tartuffe (NT); Pygmalion (UK Tour); Party Skills (Shoreditch Town Hall); The Meeting (Chichester); Machinal (Almeida); Love and Information (Sheffield Theatres); Gloria (Hampstead). Other composition and sound design work includes Frida Kahlo - Making Herself Up at The V&A, Mirror Maze and Room 2022 with Es Devlin, Rembrandt - The Late Works at The National Gallery, The Inspection Chamber for Alexa, BBC Research and Development.
LIZZIE CLACHAN (Designer) is a renowned theatre and opera designer and was one of the co-founders of the Shunt collective in 1998. Her previous work at the Donmar includes Far Away and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Other recent theatre includes A Number (Bridge); The Son (Kiln/West End); The Nico Project (MIFl/Melbourne Festival); Rutherford & Son, Absolute Hell, As You Like It, A Woman Killed with Kindness, Treasure Island, Edward II (NT); Cyprus Avenue (Royal Court/Abbey, Dublin/Public, NY); Yerma (Young Vic/Armory, NY); Life of Galileo, Macbeth, A Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith); The Skriker (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Carmen Disruption (Almeida); The Forbidden Zone ( Perner Insul, Salzburg); All My Sons (Regent's Park Open Air); Ibsen Huis (Toneelgroup Amsterdam/Avignon Festival). Lizzie's opera credits include Mask of Orpheus, Orphée, Orpheus in the Underworld, Orpheus and Euridice (ENO), Nixon in China (Staatsoper Hannover); Jenufa (Amsterdam National Opera); La Traviata (Theater Basel/ENO); Pelléas et Mélisande (Teatr Wielki, Poland/Festival d'Aix en Provence); Le Vin Herbé (Staatsoper Berlin); Bliss (Staatsoper Hamburg).
JESSICA HUNG HAN YUN (Lighting Designer) is a multi-award-winning lighting designer specialising in installations, theatre, dance and festivals. Jessica's recent theatre credits include The Last of the Pelican Daughters (Complicité/Edinburgh/Royal & Derngate); Fairview (Young Vic); Snowflake (Kiln); Mephisto [A Rhapsody] , Dear Elizabeth, The Human Voice (Gate); Equus - Knight of Illumination Award 2019 and Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design (Theatre Royal Stratford East/West End); Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Pah-La (Royal Court); Forgotten (Theatre Royal Plymouth/Arcola); Hive City Legacy (Roundhouse with Hot Brown Honey); Cuckoo (Soho); Nine Foot Nine (Bunker); Becoming Shades (Vaults Festival 2018).
DARYL ROTH (Producer) holds the singular distinction of producing 7 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); How I Learned to Drive (the original Off-Broadway production and the upcoming Broadway debut); Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; and Wit. The proud recipient of 12 Tony Awards and London's Olivier Award, her over 120 award winning productions include: Kinky Boots, 6 years on Broadway and around the globe (London, Toronto, Australia, Korea, Japan, Germany); Absolute Brightness; Angels in America (2018 Tony); Caroline, or Change; Curtains; Gloria: A Life; Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia (2002 Tony); Indecent; It Shoulda Been You; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; and War Horse (2011 Tony). She is a Trustee of Lincoln Center Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Honored to have been inducted into the 2017 Theatre Hall of Fame. www.DarylRothProductions.com.
THE DARYL ROTH THEATRE. This landmark Off-Broadway theatre was opened in 1996 by the Tony Award winning producer Daryl Roth and comprises three exceptional venues. The unique main theatre space has hosted such non-traditional hits as the long running De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta, which played a combined 14 years; Almost, Maine; In & Of Itself; Gloria: A Life; Hannah Gadbsy's Douglas; and Peter Dinklage in Cyrano: The Musical. The intimate DR2 has been home to shows including the U.S. premiere of Thom Pain (based on nothing), Stars of David, and That Golden Girls Show, as well as our DR2 Kids programing that introduces our youngest patrons to theatre; like Dear, Edwina and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The D-Lounge is our versatile cabaret space.
DONMAR WAREHOUSE. The Donmar Warehouse is a 251-seat, not-for-profit theatre in Covent Garden, London, led by Artistic Director Michael Longhurst and Executive Director Henny Finch. Their mission is to bring together a wide variety of people in their intimate warehouse space and elsewhere to create, witness and participate in thrilling, world-class theatre. The Donmar has won more than 100 awards in its 28-year history, with highlights of the programme including founder artistic director Sam Mendes' productions of Cabaret (with Alan Cumming) and The Blue Room (with Nicole Kidman). Michael Grandage (Artistic Director 2002-2012) brought notable productions of Othello with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor, and Red with Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne. Josie Rourke (AD2012-2019) brought Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus, and a trilogy of all-female Shakespeare plays directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Current Artistic Director Michael Longhurst's inaugural 2019-20 season focused on important stories, thrillingly told, and included new plays by leading writers including Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Alice Birch and Mike Lew.
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