Richard Maxwell | New York City Players

The EveningFeb 19-Feb 22, 2015

Photo by Gerardo Somoza

DATE HAS PASSED Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater


 "Richard Maxwell looks at the world with x-ray eyes."
- The New York Times

In The Evening, award-winning playwright/director Richard Maxwell takes his minimalist, unaffected theater to a new sculptural place on stage. Tragic, comic, and unexpected, this elegiac and musical work probes the lives, desires, and dreams of three denizens of a dive bar: a fighter past his prime, his manager, and a bartender. The Evening unfolds with monologue, fiction and live music as the story transforms into a living, breathing, autonomous thing.

Dead-pan absurdity, archetypal characters, sublimated humor, and Maxwell's signature non-emotive acting style combine to make The Evening a profound and sophisticated rendering of the human condition.

RICHARD MAXWELL is a playwright and director living in New York and the artistic director of New York City Players. He was awarded a 2012 OBIE for his direction of Early Plays by Eugene O’Neill, a collaboration with The Wooster Group. Maxwell was an invited artist in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. He has been selected for a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. His work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally. Last seen at OtB in 2003 with the acclaimed Drummer Wanted, Maxwell was the recipient of the 2013 Spalding Gray Award. 


Please note: there will be haze and a stage gun used during this performance.


Co-commissioned by OtB, Performance Space 122, The Warhol Musuem, and the Walker Performing Arts Center through the jointly-awarded Spalding Gray Award.


Feb 22, 2015
In The Evening, writer/director Richard Maxwell uses three actors, three musicians, and On the Boards' vast mainstage for a 50-minute exploration of familiar shapes and predictable patterns and what it feels like to break free. As a...

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