Vineyard Theatre has announced that Tony Award winner Billy Crudup will star in the world premiere of Harry Clarke by Obie Award winner David Cale. Leigh Silverman will direct. The production will begin performances on October 26 and open on November 21, launching The Vineyard's 35th anniversary season.
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.
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 will include 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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