For Spring 2013 the Ustinov Studio presents an American Season, its anticipated fourth season of new commissions and UK premieres, running from Thursday 7th March – Saturday 15th June 2013. Previous seasons have been critically acclaimed, with In the Next Room winning Best New Play at the Theatre Awards UK 2012 and the adventurous policy of the Ustinov, for its serious and innovative undertaking of producing new plays by important writers, recognised by a nomination for the 2012 Empty Space…Peter Brook Award.
The season opens with Richard Greenberg's The American Plan, a tangle of ravaged dreams, broken souls, twisted motives and deceit, taking place against the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains during a 1960s summer. The second play, 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, won The 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play and depicts the quirky relationship between a grandmother and her grandson. Michael Weller's Fifty Words concludes the season with a bang, depicting a turbulent turn of events for one husband and wife, directed by the Ustinov's Artistic Director Laurence Boswell.
The American Plan by Richard Greenberg (2009)
Thursday 7th March – Saturday 6th April
Directed by David Grindley
Lili Adler, the beautiful, fragile daughter of a wealthy German-Jewish refugee, meets Nick Lockridge, a handsome young stranger, and falls in love. But when her overbearing mother learns of their relationship, she proceeds to poison the young man's affection and Lili's one chance to escape her mother's control looks like being lost forever.
This will be the UK Premiere of this brutally funny, heart-rending tale of love and loss which premiered in the States in 1990 and was revived on Broadway in 2009, also directed by David Grindley.
Richard Greenberg is an American playwright and television writer known for his subversively humorous depictions of middle-class American life. He is perhaps best known for his 2003 Tony Award winning play, Take Me Out and for Three Days of Rain, which enjoyed an acclaimed West End run in 2009.
Director David Grindley's numerous other credits include Journey's End and Our Boys in the West End and The Philanthropist, starring Matthew Broderick on Broadway.
Design by Jonathan Fensom, Lighting Design by Jason Taylor; Sound Design by Gregory Clarke
Press Night: Thursday 14 March, 7pm
4000 Miles by Amy Herzog (2009)
Thursday 11th April – Saturday 11th May
Directed by James Dacre
WINNER of The 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play
It's the middle of the night when 21 year-old Leo arrives on the doorstep of the West Village apartment where his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera lives. She's an old communist who lives alone, he's a belated hippie, recently returned from a cross-country bike trip which ended traumatically. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately connect. When Leo's old girlfriend shows up and he begins to reveal the mysterious events of his journey, Leo and Vera discover the narrow line between growing up and growing old.
Peopled with nuanced, beautifully-drawn characters, Amy Herzog's award-winning play has established her as a remarkable new talent.
4000 Miles was the recipient of two 2012 OBIE Awards, including Best New American Play. It had its 2011 world premiere at New York's Lincoln Center Theater, playing to sold-out houses and receiving staggering accolades from critics. This will be its UK Premiere.
Amy Herzog's work includes After the Revolution, named one of the ten best plays of 2010-2011 in the Annual Best Plays Theater Yearbook, and Belleville. Her new work, The Great God Pan, has just opened off-Broadway.