The Young Vic production of
by Federico Garcîa Lorca and Simon Stone
directed by Simon Stone
with Billis Piper (New York stage debut)
Park Avenue Armory, March 23-April 21, 2018
“A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic”
—The Independent (UK)
“Billie Piper…is earth-quaking”
—The Guardian (UK)
“Simon Stone’s radical update of Lorca is astonishingly powerful”
—Time Out London
Federico García Lorca’s 1934 devastating drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman’s desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.
Making her New York stage debut, the extraordinary Piper delivers a fearless performance as the woman—now a blogger and journalist—driven to the unthinkable by her obsession with her own infertility while brutally documenting her trauma amidst the internet-surfing blogosphere of today. Stone—in his New York directorial debut—superbly stages this requiem for lost hope in a glass tank that transforms from luxurious apartment to garden to wild music festival at an electrifying pace. Intersecting the audience, this highly unusual staging serves as a strikingly effective visual metaphor to imitate life under a microscope and lived online while heightening our sense of voyeurism.