PRAYER FOR THE FRENCH REPUBLIC Will Transfer to Broadway at MTC
MTC will produce the Broadway premiere of Prayer for the French Republic, written by Drama Desk Award winner Joshua Harmon and directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer, as the second production of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2023-2024 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Performances will begin Tuesday, December 19, 2023, with opening night set for Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Prayer for the French Republic comes to Broadway following MTC’s highly acclaimed, twice-extended, sold-out world premiere at New York City Center – Stage I. MTC commissioned this play, which was the winner of the 2022 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.
In 1944, a Jewish couple in Paris desperately awaits news of their missing family. More than 70 years later, the couple’s great-grandchildren find themselves facing the same question as their ancestors: "Are we safe?" This celebrated work by the author of Bad Jews and Significant Other is about history, home and the effects of an ancient hatred. The New York Times calls it "thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and wickedly funny." Directing is David Cromer, a Tony Award winner for The Band's Visit.
Lynne Meadow said, “Joshua Harmon tells a powerful story about facing adversity with grit, humor, and courage. I’m so proud that MTC is producing the Broadway premiere of this moving, brilliant, and timely play.”
Casting and creative team information for Prayer for the French Republic will be announced at a later date.
Prayer for the French Republic joins the previously announced world premiere of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Whitney White, at the Friedman Theatre, the New York premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales, and the world premiere of Brooklyn Laundry, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley at New York City Center – Stage I, in MTC’s 2023-2024 season.
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