Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground and, quite possibly, his fantasy.
Sensual, passionate and delightfully funny, Picnic is a timeless American classic about the line between restraint and desire. When a handsome young drifter named Hal arrives in a small Midwestern town, his combination of uncouth manners and titillating charm sends the women reeling, especially the beautiful Madge. What follows is an achingly true depiction of their struggle to find something of their own value in the midst of adult pettiness and despair.
In 1953 Picnic won both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Circle Award.
Dates / Tickets / Special Events
Only 2 performances remaining on
May 27 at 8pm
May 28 at 2pm
Tickets $35 on
Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
Tickets $25 on
Friday on April 28 at 8pm
Wednesday on May 10 & 17 at 8pm
Monday on April 17 & 24 & May 8 at 8pm
Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14 (enjoy complimentary champagne and dessert with the cast after the show)
Talkbacks Monday, April 17, Wednesday, May 10
Pay-What-You-Can Monday at 8pm on April 17, 24 & May 8 (reservations open online and at the door starting at 5:30)
Run time is 2 hours and 25 minutes.
“HEART RENDING AND HUMOROUS… a vigorous cast pump[s] new life into a venerated old show… BRAVO!
“WOW!… GROUNDBREAKING… there’s something particularly special about John Farmanesh-Bocca’s revolutionary restaging of a classic. At seventy years of age, Picnic has never felt so fresh and new.”
“EXCEPTIONAL…a refreshing and meaningful rendition”
“SPARKS FLY… consistently deliver[s] the longing, the dissatisfaction and, yes, also the sensuality.”
“AN EXCITING STAGING… rings with currency and relevance.”
“JOYFUL… in this production [Picnic] has been given new life and new meaning in its exploration of black identity, love, and class relationships.”
Credits / Cast / Crew
Written by William Inge
Directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Costume Designer Mylette Nora
Scenic Designer Frederica Nascimento
Lighting Designer Chu-Hsuan Chang
Sound Designer John Farmanesh-Bocca, Jeff Gardner, Adam Phelan
Properties Designer Jenine MacDonald
Choreographers Briana Price, John Farmanesh-Bocca
Scenic Artist Chris Bell
Stage Manager Terrance Stewart
Produced in Association with Isabel & Harvey Kibel