JONAH AND OTTO by Robert Holman, Off Broadway beginning February 1, 2017

by Robert Holman
directed by Geraldine Hughes
with Rupert Simonian and Sean Garmley

Lion Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York, beginning February 1, 2017

Lost Tribe Theatre is bursting on to the stage with its first production: the US premiere of Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman, running Off-Broadway in February as a co-production with Firefly Theater & Films.

"God doesn't care about you. Why should I?"

In 2003, Jonah is 26, Otto, 62—two men different in every way. But not everything is what it seems when their two lives collide one summer's night in a mysterious walled garden on the south coast of England. As their stories of love and loss unravel in front of us and memories of the past unturned come to light, on parting, neither can be the same again. Robert Holman's "intricately layered creation, brimming with emotional wonder" (The Independent) is a deeply humane, funny and ultimately haunting exploration of what it is to be alive. 

"Quiet and beautiful with an explosive centre!" ★★★★ - The Guardian

"The writing is crystalline but tender, meaty as well as dark" ★★★★ - Time Out

"Brimming with emotional wonder" ★★★★ - The Independent

Geraldine Hughes directs Sean Gormley and Rupert Simonian in the American premiere of Robert Holman's "intricately layered creation, brimming with emotional wonder" (The Independent). Jonah & Otto is a deeply humane, funny and ultimately haunting exploration of what it is to be alive. (For a limited engagement, at Theatre Row, produced in collaboration with Firefly Theater & Films, with Steven Klein and Nick Micozzi, producers.)


Robert Holman is one of the UK’s finest, most talented and most highly regarded dramatists of the last 50 years.

Born in 1952 and brought up on a farm in North Yorkshire, Robert Holman was awarded an Arts Council Writers Bursary in 1974, and since then has spent periods as resident dramatist with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. His plays include: The Natural Cause, German Skerries (for which he won the George Devine Award), Other Worlds, Today, Making Noise Quietly, Across Oka, Rafts and Dreams, Bad Weather, Holes in the Skin and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, with David Eldridge and Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).

His plays have been seen as far apart as Los Angeles and Tokyo, at theatres such as the Royal Court, the Bush, the RSC, Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar Warehouse, and the Mark Taper Forum, LA.


The historic and intimate 88 seat Lion Theatre at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in the heart of New York's theatre land will house this seminal play for a limited engagement from February 1st until February 25th 2017. 

Jonah and Otto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781848424586
Availability: Special Order
Published: Nick Hern Books, Ltd. - October 30th, 2014