Fly By Night: A New Musical
May 16–June 29
States of consciousness, even when successive, permeate one another, and in the simplest of them the whole can be reflected. –Henri Bergson, Time and Free Will
What does it look like when time stops? –Fly by Night
A genial Narrator steps forward to set the story of Fly by Night for us. His manner is reassuring, parabolic, and just a little bit halting. It’s a story of three: two sisters from South Dakota, and a sandwich maker. It’s a story with a funeral and a guitar and a band. It’s a story about everyday life and the vastness of the starry sky. It’s a story about a simpler age. And it’s a story about now.
How did the three of you come to collaborate on Fly By Night?
KIM ROSENSTOCK: Michael and I were both students together in the playwriting program at Yale—we actually interviewed together, and I remember him saying that he wrote musicals and thinking, “I hope I get in and that he gets in and that one day I can trick him into writing a musical with me.” Will was in the acting program at the same time.
MICHAEL MITNICK: The Yale Cabaret has a summer stock season and Kim was the artistic director. She wisely chose to give herself a slot.
KR: I was finally in the position to put my musical scheme into action.
MM: I was her biggest fan so I said, sure as long as we could also work with Will, whose songs I thought were wonderful.
WILL CONNOLLY: Then Michael and Kim came to me and said, “Hey! You wanna write a musical with us?” And I was like, “Uh, I have no earthly idea what that means or why you're asking me, but sure, sounds like a fun experiment.”
KR: And then, of course, much to our delight and fear, the hypothetical became actual, and we had about six months to write an original musical.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT, CAST, & DIRECTOR
Visit our show page to read more about Fly By Night including bios of the creative team and the cast!
In 2005, a rather remarkable production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic Grand Guignol musical Sweeney Todd appeared on Broadway. Directed by John Doyle, this extraordinary production stood out not because it featured epic effects or oceans of stage blood, but instead because it was pared down to its simplest level. Described as “psychologically astute” by critics, it uniquely featured actors who also played their own instruments. Rather than serving as a gimmick, Doyle’s stylized version of Sweeney allowed the music to act as a direct form of character development and storytelling. Form was allowed to follow function. The result was a production that demonstrated extraordinary depth of character.
Works and Process
Friday, May 2
The Guggenheim Museum's Peter B. Lewis Theater
Playwrights Horizons is proud to once again partner with the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, following prior events featuring Far From Heaven, The Shaggs, Grey Gardens, and others. On Friday evening, May 2, PH will present a special sneak preview of scenes and musical numbers from Fly By Night. The scenes will be interspersed with a discussion with the creative team, moderated by Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist John Guare. A reception follows the event.
The Fly By Night event will begin at 7:30pm in the Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater (one of the city’s true architectural curios), located at 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. To order your tickets to this special evening ($35), visit Works & Process online at worksandprocess.org, or call the box office at (212) 423-3587 (Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm).
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY
IN THE BEGINNING:
HONORING FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BOB MOSS
with hosts DAVID HYDE PIERCE and MARY TESTA
Monday, May 5, 2014
During the run of Fly By Night, post-performance discussions with the creative team have been scheduled for the following dates:
– Tuesday, May 20
– Tuesday, May 27
– Sunday, June 1 (following the matinee)
These discussions are an important aspect of our play development process. We hope you can take part!
MEMBERS: tickets to Fly By Night are $35 (reg. $80) for performances May 16–June 2 and Sunday evenings through June 29; $40 for performances June 4–29 except Sunday eves. YOUNG MEMBERS: 30&Under Member tickets are $20; Student Member tickets are $10.
SUBSCRIBERS: Order guest tickets for $50 each when you reserve your own.
FLEXPASS HOLDERS: FlexPass holders may use tickets in your account to bring guests. Add tickets to your account by calling Ticket Central (Noon-8pm daily) at (212) 279-4200. Restrictions apply.
MEMBERS: Order one guest ticket per package per production for $50 when you reserve your own.
YOUNG MEMBERS: You can buy one guest ticket per production. If your guest is 30 or under, the ticket is $30. If your guest is a full-time Student, the ticket is $20. Proof of age and/or student ID will be required for each ticket picked up.
We recommend Fly By Night for those aged 16+.
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