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Newman Theater

February 1 - March 31, 2019

Estimated Run Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with one intermission

New York Premiere

Written by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne
Directed by Carrie Cracknell

An evening that will emotionally wreck you, convince you of STURRIDGE’s ACTING PROWESS, and further consider that GYLLENHAAL is one of the FINEST ACTORS OF HIS GENERATION. – Herensa Cadenas, Entertainment Weekly

 JAKE GYLLENHAAL is PRICELESS. He mines GENUINE HUMOR and PATHOS. - Jesse Green, The New York Times, Critic's Pick

TOM STURRIDGE is COMPULSIVELY WATCHABLE. - Jesse Green, The New York Times, Critic's Pick

SCORCHING performances – Greg Evans, Deadline

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Sunday in the Park with George, ConstellationsIf There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet) and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge (Orphans1984, On The Road) make their Public Theater debuts in an unforgettable and incredibly intimate evening of theater.

Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (HeisenbergThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), performs SEA WALL, an astonishing monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable.

Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne (ConstellationsIf There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet) in A LIFE, an emotional examination of how sons become fathers and the transformative power of love.

Directed by Carrie Cracknell (A Doll’s HouseThe Deep Blue Sea), this heart-filled exploration of the meaning of life is a must-see evening of dramatic storytelling at its best.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

Tom Sturridge

Tom Sturridge

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Scenic Design Laura Jellinek
Costume Design Kaye Voyce
Lighting Design Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design Fabian Obispo
Original Music Stuart Earl

Production Stage Manager Peter Lawrence
Stage Manager Kate Croasdale

Due to the production's intimate nature, there will be NO LATE SEATING. Patrons arriving after the performance has started will be held until intermission.

Additionally, there is NO RETURN SEATING. Should a patron need to leave the theater at any point during the performance, they will be held until intermission or until the performance has concluded.

This production may include haze. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

Season 2018-2019
Jake Gyllenhaal & Nick Payne on a New Public Theater Production
Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Return to the New York Stage in Sea Wall/A Life
Vogue, December 10, 2018

Background Image Photo Credit: Joseph Augstein

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