Will Arbery's Corsicana has been extended by one-week to July 17 at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. The new work from the Pulitzer Prize finalist began previews for its world premiere June 2, and opened June 22. Read the reviews here.
The production, directed by Sam Gold, stars Drama Desk winner Jamie Brewer (Amy and the Orphans) as Ginny, Will Dagger (The Antelope Party) as Christopher, 2022 Tony winner Deirdre O'Connell (Dana H.) as Justice, and Harold Surratt (Familiar) as Lot.
In the small city of Corsicana, Texas, Ginny, a woman with Down syndrome, and her half-brother Christopher have recently lost their mother. As they try to find ways of moving forward, close family friend Justice introduces the pair to Lot, an artist and outsider to the local community in this play about caregiving and caretaking.
Tony winner Sam Gold directs, joined on the creative team by scenic designer Laura Jellinek, costume designer Qween Jean, lighting designer Isabella Byrd, and sound designer Justin Ellington. Joanna Sternberg serves as composer.
Arbery has dedicated the character of Ginny to his older sister, Julia, who has Down syndrome. The work also includes a character based on Arbery himself, a first for the playwright. “The play was born out of being a brother to Julia, and seeing the ways that she had to constantly renegotiate her desires and her expressions of them because the world doesn’t treat her the same as everyone else," said Arbery in a statement. "Very universal wants of companionship and romantic love become so much more complicated for her. She’s been such a teacher to me in that regard, and she’s modeled an incredible resilience for me her entire life.”
For tickets and more information, visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org.