Marianna Bassham, Michael Gaston, Russell Harvard, Tad Cooley; photo by Joan Marcus

Below: Tad Cooley, Michael Gaston, Lisa Emery, Russell Harvard; Above: Anthony Natale, Seth Gore, Amelia Hensley, Harold Foxx; photo by Joan Marcus


Lois Smith and Lisa Emery; photo by Joan Marcus


Russell Harvard and Gameela Wright; photo by Joan Marcus

The company; photo by Joan Marcus


Craig Lucas; photo by Zack DeZon


I Was Most Alive with You

Mainstage Theater

Written by Craig Lucas
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Director of Artistic Sign Language, Sabrina Dennison

New York premiere

I want to see God. I don’t want any more signs. I want to see His face.

Ash has a blessed life, thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son’s Deafness. But on one fateful day, everything’s taken from him. How can he see this unexpected test, that threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift? Performed simultaneously in English and ASL by two casts, Craig Lucas’s sublime, stunning new play is a theatrical event not to be missed.

The play will be simultaneously performed in American Sign Language by a shadow cast of Deaf actors.

Marianna Bassham — Astrid
Tad Cooley — Farhad
Lisa Emery — Pleasant
Michael Gaston — Ash
Russell Harvard — Knox
Lois Smith — Carla
Gameela Wright — Mariama
Beth Applebaum — Astrid
Harold Foxx — Knox
Seth Gore — Ash
Amelia Hensley — Pleasant
Christina Marie — Carla
Anthony Natale — Farhad
Alexandria Wailes — Mariama

Associate Director of Artistic Sign Language: Lewis Merkin
Scenic Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Annie Wiegand
Sound Design: Jane Shaw
Projection Design: Alex Basco Koch
Original Music: Daniel Kluger
Fight Consultant: David Anzuelo
Production Stage Manager: Brett Anders
Assistant Stage Manager: Adele Nadine Traub

Design Team Bios

I Was Most Alive with You is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. The mission of The Roy Cockrum Foundation is to award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters throughout the United States. The Roy Cockrum Foundation enables theaters to reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.



Footnote: Bringing #IWasMostAlive to Life

How was #IWasMostAlive brought to life? In this in-depth conversation between playwright Craig Lucas and Associate Artistic Director Adam Greenfield, discover the big ideas needed to craft intimate theater and see new clips from Craig’s sublime play.


Behind the Scenes with Russell Harvard

I Was Most Alive with You's "hugely charismatic" (New York Magazine) Russell Harvard discusses his first major gig, embarrassing moments, and the best part about bringing Knox to life.

First Rehearsal Photos: I Was Most Alive with You

Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas returns to Playwrights! Rehearsals have begun for 'I Was Most Alive with You,' performed simultaneously in English and ASL by two casts. Meet the artists and go inside the rehearsal room for a sneak peek of Craig’s stunning new play.


The American Voice: Goat Songs

If anyone can be called the tragic poet of contemporary American drama, the grand inquisitor of our suffering, it’s Craig Lucas. (Adam Greenfield, Associate Artistic Director)