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George Street Playhouse Presents Nureyev's Eyes

Bill Dawes and William Connell star in David Rush's play starting tonight.

Bill Dawes plays Nureyev in George Street Playhouse's production of Nureyev's Eyes.
(courtesy of the production)

Nureyev's Eyes starts performances tonight at George Street Playhouse.

Based on the real relationship formed between ballet star Rudolf Nureyev and painter Jamie Wyeth, the show chronicles the rise of the unexpected friendship. From 1977 until Nureyev's death in 1993, Wyeth created hundreds of portraits of the storied dancer. Their mutual struggle for perfection and battles with personal demons bring the two together despite their many differences. Through his efforts to capture the essence of the ballet icon, Wyeth makes an unexpected breakthrough, which shows him what has always been right in front of him.

The play was written by David Rush and is directed by Michael Mastro. The cast features William Connell as Jamie Wyeth and Bill Dawes as Rudolf Nureyev.

The creative team includes Charlie Williams (choreography), Alexis Distler (set design), Esther Arroyo (costume design), Christopher Bailey (lighting design), and Scott Killian (original music and sound design).

Performances will run through February 21.

For tickets and more information, click here.