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Dying City


Grief and trauma affect everyone differently, and the Dying City offers an intimate peek into the lives of a young widow and her brother-in-law, after the death of her husband. Written by one of America’s best playwrights, Christopher Shinn, Dying City explores the human impact of global events like the Iraq War and 9/11.

Why Watch Dying City

Belonging to the pantheon of theatre masterpieces, Dying City is one of the best-written plays of the century. There’s no surprise that it was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Christopher Shinn wrote Dying City, and is known for other fantastic plays like Where Do We Live, Now or Later, Against, and An Opening in Time. Christopher also directed this production at the Tony Kiser Theatre.

The play is subtle on the dramatics, yet heavy with intense emotions that seep through the dialogue of the three characters. It explores themes like PTSD, sexual discrimination, parental abuse, substance abuse, marital crisis, and self-worth. Colin Woodell plays the twin brothers, Peter and Craig, and portrays their conflicting personalities with finesse. Mary Elizabeth, known for her roles in Fargo, Passions and Tru Calling, plays the role of Kelly, who has strained relationships with both brothers.

Set designer Dane Laffrey does a great job of recreating a rundown New York apartment. Lighting by Tyler Micoleau and sound by Bray Poor blend well together to create a seamless shift of scenes and narratives of Peter and Craig. The Wall Street Journal called the play ‘a masterpiece’ and has been heralded by critics and viewers alike. Watch the ‘Dying City’ for an evening of contemplation and theatre excellence.

The Story

The Dying City starts in a sparsely decorated New York City apartment in July 2005. The apartment belongs to Kelly, who is a professional therapist and is still grieving the loss of her husband, Craig, who died in the Iraq War on this first tour of duty. She is visited by Peter, who is her late husband’s twin brother and has run away mid-play from a production of Eugene because of a gay slur by a fellow actor. The night unfolds a series of conversations about the brothers and their life. Peter and Craig appear to be as different as chalk and cheese.

Craig had met Kelly during their years at Harvard, following which he was working on a dissertation in American Literature where he was called for duty. Peter, on the other hand, is gay, runs through a series of boyfriends and is an up and coming Hollywood actor. As the play progresses, you will see insights into their violent childhood at the hands of their father, who was a Vietnam Vet. Watch Dying city to find out how the night unfolds.

Good For

Drama lovers | Fans of intense monologues | Fans of Pulitzer Prize winners

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Show Details

Show Timings

Tue & Thu 7 PM
Wednesday 2 PM & 7 PM
Friday 8 PM
Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday 3 PM

90 minutes with no intermission.

Cast and Crew
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kelly
Colin Woodell as Peter/Craig

Written & Directed by
Christopher Shinn

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 13 and above

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Access
Assistive Listening System
On-Demand Closed Captioning
Audio Description

The Tony Kiser theater has a seating capacity of 296.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

All Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets are non-refundable.

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