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A Life

September 30–november 13, 2016
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From the Artistic Director

Adam Bock looks life straight in the eye. The truth has got to be there somewhere, doesn’t it? Maybe we can sneak up on it? Adam’s work always starts out easy. We recognize his characters right away: seemingly ordinary, oft-overlooked, he tunes in to the fresh vernacular poeticism of their daily speech. We laugh, disarmed. “This is life,” we think. “They’re so real.” But they’re also all a little restless.

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Playwright's Perspective: Adam Bock

Four years ago my parents died. First my mother and then, seven weeks later, my father. He was always a gentleman, and he loved her and she loved him, and I tell people he held the door for her and then followed her through it.

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The American Voice: Eight Things

In the first moment of Adam Bock’s early play Swimming in the Shallows (1999), Barb confronts an idea that ultimately uproots her life: “Did you know there’s Buddhist monks who only own eight things,” she asks. “I bet I have eight hundred probably eight thousand things just in my kitchen. …I read this and I got a very upset very unnerved feeling.”  

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Theater: An Exploration of Life

When you see a show at Playwrights, you see something that you will not see anywhere else. The stories our playwrights bring to life on stage educate, guide, and inspire us. Your support ensures we can continue to invest in a diverse array of writers as they develop plays and musicals that are relevant, intelligent, and boundary-pushing.  

To learn more about how you can be part of the life of the theater through our various giving programs, please contact Benjamin Weisman at 929 299 4381 or bweisman@phnyc.org.

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Backstory: Selected Works of Adam Bock

Adam Bock’s plays combine formal playfulness and effervescent wit with disarmingly penetrating insight into the human condition. Sly, incisive, and endlessly inventive, he has established himself as an indispensable voice in the contemporary dramatic canon. As we welcome him back for his third production at Playwrights Horizons, we invite you to take a stroll through his anthology-to-date with this selected production history.

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Post-Performance Discussions

During the run of A Life, post-performance discussions with the creative team have been scheduled for October 5, October 13, and October 16 (post matinee)These discussions are an important aspect of our play development process. We hope you can take part!


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MEMBER PRICES

Members: Tickets (reg. $70) are $45.

Young Members: 30&Under Member tickets are $25; Student Member tickets are $15.

GUEST TICKETS

Subscribers: You may order one guest ticket for $55 each per package.

FlexPass Holders:  FlexPass holders may use tickets in your account to bring guests.  Add tickets to your account by calling Ticket Central (noon–8 PM daily) at 212 279 4200. Restrictions apply.

Members: Order one guest ticket per package per production for $55 when you reserve your own.

Young Members:  One guest ticket may be purchased per production for $35.

Age appropriate?

We recommend A Life for ages 15 and up.

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