ON THE SHORE OF THE WORLD
by Simon Stephens
directed by Neil Pepe
Atlantic Theater, Linda Gross Theater, August 23, 2017 — October 1, 2017
In Simon Stephens’ stunning play, something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is a play about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy. Atlantic is thrilled to welcome back Simon Stephens (Harper Regan, Bluebird) with the New York debut of his Olivier Award-winning play.
Meet Simon Staphens in person at the Drama Book Shop August 25, 2017 at 5:00 for a book talk and signing. Annie MacRae will moderate. If you can't attened but would like to order signed copies, please call us at 212-944-0595, option 3, during regular business hours.
"The British playwright Simon Stephens has become one of the theater’s most poignant chroniclers of everyday lives in upheaval... Now the Atlantic Theater Company, which gave us a fine production of Mr. Stephens’s Harper Regan in 2012, presents the New York premiere of his On the Shore of the Wide World, a delicately drawn map of roads not taken by three generations of a family in Mr. Stephens’ native Stockport, England."
September 13, 2017: Review: 3 Generations Aching to Connect ‘On the Shore of the Wide World’
NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ PICK!
“If you think you’ve heard it all before, THEN YOU NEED TO LISTEN MORE CLOSELY. Simon Stephens’s On the Shore of the Wide World is A STEALTH HEARTBREAKER.
By the end of the Atlantic Theater Company production – DIRECTED WITH GENTLE CARE by Neil Pepe — you’ve discovered that this dribbling, homespun prose HAS SHAPED ITSELF INTO PATTERNS OF PROFOUND POETRY, AS IF WORDS IN INVISIBLE INK HAD BEEN HELD UP TO A FLAME.You may also experience the sense that SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE, EVEN COSMIC, defines these unexceptional lives.
And when a character cries (quietly), IT HAS THE IMPACT OF A DAM BURSTING.Every cast member has created A DETAILED AND INTIMATE PORTRAIT. And the final scene between Ms. McCann and Mr. Wilson is BEAUTIFUL – AND DEVASTATING.
If you at first feel that some of the performances are too tentative, you come to realize that this hesitancy belongs to characters who are FOREVER HOVERING ON THE BRINK OF DECISIVE GESTURES. They’re all full of such contradictions, and you can tell they are enigmas to themselves. Which makes it ALL THE MORE UNCANNY THAT BY THE END, YOU FEEL YOU UNDERSTAND THEM PERFECTLY.”
— Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES