Jeremy Pope Gets Hot and Sweaty Explaining THE COLLABORATION 

Dan Meyer
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November 30, 2022 11:00 AM

Jeremy Pope is normally as cool as a cucumber. In Theatrely’s latest edition of 10 Seconds to Plot, however, all bets were off. Check out the two-time Tony nominee, along with his The Collaboration co-stars, Paul Bettany, Krysta Rodriguez, and Erik Jensen, as they explain the plot of Anthony McCarten’s new play coming to Broadway.

The Collaboration begins previews November 30 (originally set for November 29) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The MTC production opens December 20.

The Broadway premiere of The Collaboration, Anthony McCartern’s exploration of two 20th century artistic giants, stars Paul Bettany as Andy Warhol, Jeremy Pope as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Krysta Rodriguez as Basquiat’s girlfriend, Maya, and Erik Jenson as Bruno Bischofberger, an art dealer and gallery owner who brings together the artistic powerhouses.

The Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah helms the Manhattan Theatre Club production after staging the play in London earlier this year.

The Collaboration follows the famed two artists as they come together for a shared exhibit in 1984. By this time, Warhol was an international superstar while Basquiat was just arriving on the scene—meaning the two could not be more different in their approach and drive.

This play isn’t McCarten’s only work on Broadway, as he is the book writer for A Beautiful Noise—The Neil Diamond Musical, which opens December 4. He previously wrote The Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody for the screen and his plays include Ladies Night.

Serving on the production’s creative team are set and costume designer Anna Fleischle, lighting designer Ben Stanton, sound designer Emma Laxton, and projection designer Duncan McLean. The play will also feature original music by Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

The play is presented by special arrangement with Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Anthology Theatre, Stanley Buchthal, and Denis O’Sullivan.

(Video production by Brandon Schwartz)

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.