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FINAL EXTENSION! MUST CLOSE AUGUST 11.
Run time: 1 hour and 35 minutes, no intermission
MaYaa Boateng, Charles Browning, Hannah Cabell, Natalia Payne, Jed Resnick, Luke Robertson, Roslyn Ruff, and Heather Alicia Simms
Tony Award-winner Mimi Lien (scenic designer), Montana Levi Blanco (costume designer), Amith Chandrashaker (lighting designer), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound designer), J. David Brimmer (fight director), Cookie Jordan (hair and wig designer), Garrett Allen (Associate Director), and Ryan Courtney (Props)
2019 PULITZER PRIZE IN DRAMA WINNER
2019 SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN AWARD WINNER
Jackie Sibblies Drury wins the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Fairview. This prize recognizes women from around the world who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. The judges for the 2019 prize were Michael Buffong, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Marianne Elliott, Jennifer Haley, Tamsin Greig, and Marin Ireland. Past winners include Lynn Nottage, Annie Baker, Sarah Ruhl, Paula Vogel, Wendy Wasserstein, and Caryl Churchill. Read more from The New York Times.
Direct from sold-out runs at Soho Rep. (extended three times) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TFANA brings Soho Rep.’s Fairview to Polonsky Shakespeare Center, extending its 2018-19 Season. TFANA was thrilled to present Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins in 2015 and is pleased to again partner with Soho Rep. to bring Jackie Sibblies Drury’s acclaimed play to Brooklyn.
In Fairview, the Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. Plus, the radio’s on the fritz, her sister Jasmine is drinking, her husband Dayton isn’t helping, her brother Tyrone might not show up at all, and her daughter Keisha is being a typical teenager. As Beverly’s hostess-neurosis begins to get the better of her while her family acts like family, Keisha’s adolescent malaise starts to seem like maybe it could be something else.
Jackie Sibblies Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her plays include Fairview (Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Marys Seacole (OBIE Award);We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915; Really; and Social Creatures. Sibblies Drury’s plays have been presented by New York City Players and Abrons Arts Center, Soho Rep., Victory Gardens, Trinity Rep, Matrix Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Undermain Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Available Light, Company One and The Bush Theatre in London, among others. Her work has been developed at Sundance, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, A.C.T., the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, PRELUDE.11&14, The Civilians, The Bushwick Starr, The LARK, Magic Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and The MacDowell Colony. Sibblies Drury was a dramaturg for Futurity by César Alvarez and The Lisps; Zero Cost House by Pig Iron Theatre Company and Toshiki Okada; and The Garden by Nichole Canuso Dance Company. She received a 2015 Windham-Campbell Literary Prize in Drama, a 2012-2013 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, and was the inaugural recipient of the 2012-2014 Jerome Fellowship at The LARK. She is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a 2015 United States Artists Gracie Fellow.
Fairview was originally commissioned and produced by
Soho Rep., New York, NY
Sarah Benson, Artistic Director and Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Tony Taccone, Artistic Director and Susan Medak, Managing Director
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This production is sponsored by American Express.
Leadership support is provided by the Ford Foundation and Agnes Gund.
Additional support provided by Constance Christensen, Clarence Otis, Jr. and Jacqui Bradley; Robert Buckholz and Lizanne Fontaine; Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee; Saundra and W. Don Cornwell; and Loida Lewis.