“Enophiles will delight in how snugly Ibsen’s peculiar drama accommodates Mr. Eno’s flair for playing games with language and his offbeat humor, which cuts to the heart as incisively as it tickles the funny bone.” - The New York Times
“Mr. Eno has built a career nudging ordinary speech toward the odd, the sad and the marvelous. His plays are formally inventive and verbally dexterous, yet they can feel excruciatingly truthful.” - The New York Times
Jasmine Batchelor, Jordan Bellow, Joe Curnutte, Christy Escobar, Deborah Hedwall, David Shih
Kimie Nishikawa (Set Design), Ásta Bennie Hostetter and Avery Reed (Costume Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), Lee Kinney (Sound Design), Daniel Kluger (Composer)
Run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.
Peter Gnit, a modern-day version of Ibsen’s heroic character Peer Gynt, is a carefree young man on a reckless search for Experience and the True Self. Armed with tales from his mother of his early greatness and his absent father, he heads out into the world. Like all true stories of human endeavor and adventure, Gnit is part horror story, part fairy tale, and part road movie. A timely reckoning with received notions of Rugged Individualism and the self-made person. The play is performed with a 19-month break, filled with real-life tales of isolation, loss, courage, and love, and a 15-minute intermission. Come see how it all turns out.
Playwright Will Eno‘s recent plays include The Realistic Joneses (Broadway), which won a 2014 Drama Desk Award and was named USA Today’s “Best Play on Broadway.” The Paris premiere of Juste Les Jones, will be directed for the stage by documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. The Open House (Signature Theater) won the 2014 Obie Award, the Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and a Drama Desk Award, and was one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Plays of the Year. Will wrote the book for the award-winning 2019 Skittles Commercial: the Broadway Musical.
Director Oliver Butler‘s recent productions include What The Constitution Means To Me, which won a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Play. He has collaborated with Will Eno on the first NYC revival of Thom Pain (Signature Theater, starring Michael C. Hall) and The Open House (Signature Theater, Lortel Best Play, Obie Award); and The Plot (Yale Rep). He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow. Oliver is co-artistic director of The Debate Society.
“Iconoclasts blowing up the classics are an everyday occurrence in theater. But the process acquires an extra cachet when the demolition expert [is] as inventive and celebrated as Will Eno.” Read more on Gnit in the New York Times Spring Preview.
Deloitte and Bloomberg Philanthropies are the 2021-2022 Season Sponsors.
Principal support for Theatre for a New Audience’s season and programs is provided by The Hearst Foundations, JLGreene Arts Access Fund in the New York Community Trust, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Thompson Family Foundation.
Theatre for a New Audience’s season and programs are also made possible, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts; Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Gnit is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.