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. In this loving reimagining, director John Farmanesh-Bocca puts Inge’s play in the tumultuous 1960’s with an all black cast.
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
Previews March 22 & 23 at 8pm
Press Night March 24
Subscriber Opening March 25
Every Saturday at 8pm
Every Sunday at 2pm
Friday on April 28 & May 19 & 26 at 8pm
Wednesday on May 10 & 17 at 8pm
Monday on April 17 & 24 & May 8 at 8pm
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)
Wine Night Friday April 28 & May 19 (enjoy complimentary wine and snacks after the show)
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
Choreographers Briana Price, John Farmanesh-Bocca
Stage Manager Terrance Stewart