The River

By Michael Gottlieb

Playreaders closes its 2014/2015 Season with two nights of the spellbinding new play, The River by Jez Butterworth. The River recently played in New York featuring Hugh Jackman in the lead. Known for his big, brassy, smash-hit Jerusalem, Butterworth goes small here with a mystery play set in a small cabin on the cliffs above a river. A man, a woman, and the moonless night. “The River is like a subtly crafted piece of chamber music. It is teasing, haunting, and hushed. It is also damnably difficult to write about, as there is mystery at its heart that I must not reveal.” Telegraph.

The River
Wed, Apr 22 and Thu, Apr 23, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6 20 pesos donation

A man takes a woman to his remote cabin to enjoy the sublime act of fly-fishing for sea trout on a special moonless night. She reluctantly agrees to go, as she’s not very good at fishing, but then things don’t go as planned. We find the man calling the police as the woman is lost along the river in the middle of the night. And at the man’s most frantic moment, the woman finds her way back to the cabin… or does she? Thus begins the mind-bending, time-shifting, mesmerizing story of love lost, found, and something in between. “

The River is subtle, sleek, and dark; a wonderful play, glinting and elusive as a fish.” Financial Times.

Called “spellbinding,” “riveting,” and “intense” (Variety), our production features three great actors. Sky Yeager, Jill Gottlieb, and Clara Dunham play in this taut, twisting drama. “One of the best productions of the year. A magnetically eerie, luminously beautiful psycho drama.” Time Out (London).

Directed by Michael Gottlieb. Performances start at 7:30pm or earlier if the house is full. Doors open at 7pm, no advance tickets. Donation: 20 pesos.

After a brief hiatus in May, Playreaders SMA begins its 2015/2016 season in June.



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