“CRITIC’S PICK: SMASHING…A tale of a romantic triangle where well-heeled people of artistic temperament pursue discreetly dangerous love lives.” – Ben Brantley, The New York TimesClick here to read Ben Brantley’s full review, which appeared in The New York Times on April 14, 2014, during the original run at Abrons Arts Center.

“CRITIC’S PICK: FIVE STARS…The quartet works at an incredible, precise pitch.”
– Helen Shaw, Time Out New YorkClick here to read Helen Shaw’s original review, which appeared in Time Out on April 14, 2014, during the run at Abrons Arts Center.

“RIVETING…Inspired.” – Trish Deitch, The New Yorker

“Richard Maxwell is one of the more adventurous theatre artists that this country has produced in decades.” – Hilton Als, The New Yorker

“CRITIC’S PICK: FOUR STARS…Beguiling, hypnotic, beautiful.” – David Cote, Time Out New York

“A stark and unsettling tale of memory, infidelity, and architecture…A must-see for the adventurous theatergoer: mysterious…a structure built with gorgeous severity.” – David Cote, NY1

“Richard Maxwell’s new play is about myth, memory, and a house that never gets built…with characteristically clean lines and meditative pacing.” – Miriam Felton-Dansky, The Village Voice. Click here to read the full review, which appeared in The Village Voice on April 16, 2014, during the run at Abrons Arts Center.

“Highly compelling…Dreamy, stinging, and comic.” – Jacob Horn, Curtain Up

New York City Players’


Written and directed by Richard Maxwell
September 6 – 27, 2015
Three Weeks Only!

Isolde is a new American play about memory, identity, the ephemeral, and infidelity, written and directed by Richard Maxwell, “one of the few truly original experimental theater auteurs.” (Ben Brantley, The New York Times)  In the play, inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde, the marriage of Patrick and Isolde appears to be happy. Patrick is the owner of a successful construction company and Isolde is a star actress. But Isolde finds herself increasingly unable to remember her lines. When she decides to build her dream house, her husband is eager to help. But the project is jeopardized by Massimo, an award-winning architect whom Isolde hires.

Isolde received its U.S. Premiere at Abrons Arts Center in 2014. The brief run of 9 performances sold out and received critical acclaim – “Graphic and elegant,” (Hilton Als, The New Yorker); “Five Stars…Works at an incredible, precise pitch,” (Helen Shaw, Time Out New York)

Running Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Isolde contains explicit sexuality which some may find inappropriate for those under 16 years of age.

Get a sneak peek look at the production below!


CLICK HERE to read the 360° Viewfinder production guide, with facts and perspectives on New York City Players’ ISOLDE.

Isolde was developed in part at Theater Basel, where it received its first production in September 2013, and was later presented at La Filature in Mulhouse, France and at Abrons Arts Center in New York City.