On the Shore of the Wide World
The 2006 Olivier Award for Best New Play winner, ‘On the Shore of the Wide World’ returns to New York after a decade. Written by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens, best known for his adaptation of ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’, this family drama is an another absorbing story which features several great actors including Tony winner Blair Brown.
Why Watch On the Shore of the Wide World
Taking its name from a sonnet by Keats, ‘On the Shore of the Wide World’ after its premier in 2005 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, received successful response from critics and audiences alike, with the show going on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2006. The current iteration of the play features a well-awarded cast and crew including two Tony Award winners. Set over a course of nine-months the play focuses on love,family and the enormous size of the galaxy.
On the Shore of the Wide World spans three generations of a suffering family. Eighteen-year-old Alex is preparing to introduce his girlfriend Sarah to his parents. His younger brother Christopher is immediately and completely smitten with her. Their parents, Alice and Peter, are unnerved by how quickly Alex has grown up. Peter’s father Charlie is mastering card tricks and keeping his smoking a secret from his long-suffering wife Ellen. Something is about to happen that will change all their lives irrevocably as the honest scenes of domestic family life melt to reveal a sad picture of disconnection, fragile relationships, and missed moments.
Drama Lovers | Slow-story fans | Family Dates
By the end of the Atlantic Theater Company production – directed with gentle care by Neil Pepe — you’ve discovered that this dribbling, homespun prose has shaped itself into patterns of profound poetry, as if words in invisible ink had been held up to a flame. You may also experience the sense that something rich and strange, even cosmic, defines these unexceptional lives.
But it occurred to me that we are intended to experience this play the way we experience life—unaware of those life-altering moments until they are behind us. The structure of Stephens’ script is just as intelligent and profound as his statement. Stephens doesn’t allow On the Shore to be neat and tidy for the sake of clarity. He dares to make his play as messy and chaotic as life often feels.
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Please note that the theater does not allow entry for children below the age of 4
Strictly prohibited. If you would like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District .
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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