The company of Harry Clarke: playwright David Cale, actor Billy Crudup, and director Leigh Silverman meet the press.
The company of Harry Clarke: playwright David Cale, actor Billy Crudup, and director Leigh Silverman meet the press.
(© David Gordon)

Tony winner Billy Crudup (The Coast of Utopia) and the company of Vineyard Theatre's world premiere production of Harry Clarke met the press today in advance of performances set to begin October 26. Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs the script from Obie Award winner David Cale (Lillian). Opening night will be November 21.

Billy Crudup stars in the title role.
Billy Crudup stars in the title role.
(© David Gordon)

Vineyard Theatre will produce the new work in association with Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of digital spoken-word entertainment. Audible will record and produce Crudup's performance in Harry Clarke as an audio play, available to Audible members in early 2018, and will offer Audible members the opportunity to purchase tickets to the play ahead of the general public.

David Cale and Leigh Silverman flash a big smile for the press.
David Cale and Leigh Silverman flash a big smile for the press.
(© David Gordon)

Harry Clarke is described as "a sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller." It is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

The design team includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Alexander Dodge, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Alan Edwards, and sound design by Bart Fasbender.

Audible's collaboration with the Vineyard is part of the company's larger effort to identify and nurture emerging playwrights and expose outstanding performances of their works to millions of Audible listeners. In May, Audible announced a $5 million fund dedicated to the commissioning and development of innovative English-language works from playwrights around the globe, supporting the creation of one- and two-person audio plays driven by language and voice.

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