Playwrights Horizons debut. Broadway: The House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway: Man from Nebraska (Second Stage); The Band’s Visit, Women or Nothing (Atlantic); The Effect, Tribes, Our Town, Orson’s Shadow, Adding Machine (Barrow Street); Really Really (MCC); When the Rain Stops Falling, Nikolai and the Others (LCT). Regional and London: Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington); Angels in America (Kansas City Rep); Our Town (Almeida in London). Originally from Chicago, his credits there include Sweet Bird of Youth (Goodman); A Streetcar Named Desire, Picnic, The Price (Writers Theatre); Cherrywood, Mojo, The Hot l Baltimore (Mary-Arrchie); The Cider House Rules (co-directed with Marc Grapey at Famous Door); Angels in America (The Journeymen), among others. For Michael Ira Cromer (1966-2015).
CRITIC'S PICK! Max Posner has a sharp and original ear. Impeccably directed by David Cromer. Adroitly balances the everyday and the extreme.
I wanted to write something about the past, something that required no invention, that I had to be really accountable to, that had a real grounding in reality. I am always interested in projecting– into the past, into the future, into a nearby person. And I was compelled by the kind of emotional geometry of trying to think of my father as a son.
Before our final workshop of “The Treasurer”, I board a bus to visit my grandmother. I’ve been readying the play for production, but she does not know it exists. Late at night, toiling over her favorite phrases, a fact starts bobbing: I’ve given much more time to this play than to her.
There is a reason these amazing actors and this peerless director have been so committed to this play for so long. It is a play of exceptional beauty, wisdom, and originality. I am so proud to present it to you.
I usually do everything I can to avoid referencing Chekhov. But as I search for a way to write about the wry, fragile, existentially troubled world of Max Posner’s plays, I find the comparison unavoidable.
Like the character Ida in “The Treasurer”, Max Posner’s grandmother ran for Albany County Clerk as the Republican-AIM candidate in 1967 (the first woman in the city’s history to do so), losing only narrowly to the Democratic incumbent after a spirited campaign.