by A.R. Gurney
directed by Jonathan Silverstein
starring Liam Craig, Barbara Garrick, Laurence Lau, and Jodie Markell
FEB 27TH - APRIL 14TH
Renowned Playwright A.R. Gurney graces the Keen stage for a third time! In LATER LIFE, a middle-aged man and woman meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning the relationship that eluded them 30 years ago. While the pair rediscover each other and themselves, a bevy of delightful guests rally behind them. With poignancy and laughs, this classic Gurney play reminds us of the infinite possibilities in life just waiting to be pursued. A romantic tale of missed connections and hope for new beginnings.
Tues–Thurs at 7 PM, Fri at 8 PM, Sat at 2 PM & 8 PM, Sun at 3 PM
Additional matinee on Wednesday April 11th at 2pm.
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Aves)
New York, NY 10036
Free talkback series immediately following the below performances.
More details here.
Thursday March 22nd
Thursday March 29th
Thursday April 5th
Thursday April 12th
Please note: this production includes the brief use of herbal cigarettes on stage.
BOX OFFICE: Theatre Row at 410 W. 42nd Street
REGULAR TICKETS: $65
PREMIUM TICKETS: $80
THE CRITICS RAVE!
“A gentle production that lets Gurney speak for himself...Later Life reminds us of what a craftsman Gurney was, and how many rueful shades of warmth he could find in frozen lives....I came away from this production with new respect for Later Life, which now seems to me one of his most eloquent statements on an archetype that hears the chimes at midnight almost from the moment of birth."
“Gurney [is] a prolific interpreter of upper-middle-class discontent...Peppering the dialogue are flashes of Gurney's humor as he satirizes white privilege and its casual racism.”
“They must be knowingly cast and intelligently directed to make their full effect, and Keen Company, here as always, is up to the challenge... with identical skill and sensitivity, striking just the right balance between the growing seriousness of Austin and Ruth and the frivolity of the other guests.”
“[Later Life] once again showcases Mr. Gurney's skill at creating a play that reveals something deeper and sadder beneath its light-hearted and comic surface.” -- Curtain Up
“It keeps us guessing until the end and offers its quartet of actors ample opportunity to shine. Which these four certainly do.” -- Talkin’ Broadway
"You really can’t go wrong seeing [Keen Company], as their shows are always well cast with top-notch production design." -- Theater Pizzazz
ABOUT A.R. GURNEY
A.R. (“Pete”) Gurney was born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Williams College in 1952, served as an officer in the Navy, and afterwards attended the Yale School of Drama. For many years, he taught literature at M.I.T., but moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre. In addition to Later Life, his many acclaimed plays include Ancestral Voices, Another Antigone, A Cheever Evening, The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Far East, The Fourth Wall, The Golden Age, Love Letters, The Middle Ages, Mrs. Farnsworth, O Jerusalem, The Old Boy, Scenes from American Life, The Snow Ball, Sweet Sue, and Sylvia, among others. He has won a number of awards during his career, and is now a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gurney was married to his wife Molly for over sixty years. They have four children, and eight grandchildren. On Tuesday June 13th, he died in his New York apartment, with his family by his side. This is the way he wanted it.
MEET THE TEAM
Set Design: Steven Kemp
Costume Design: Jennifer Paar
Lighting Design: David Lander
Sound Design: Obadiah Eaves
Prop Design: Ricola Wille
Wig, Hair & Makeup Design: Dave Bova and J. Jared Janas
Line Producer & Production Manager: Corinne Woods
Press Rep: David Gersten & Associates
Casting: Calleri Casting
Production Stage Manager: Arthur Atkinson
Assistant Stage Manager: Alayna Graziani
This production was produced with support from our Spirited Sponsors and Passionate Partners:
Amy and Brad Ball, George and Jane Bean, Bill and Casey Bradford, Elizabeth Corradino, Linda D’Onofrio, Maralène Downs, Sylvia Golden, Barbara McIntyre Hack, David and Kate Kies, David McMahon, Charles Snipes and Robert Furlong, Patricia Stockhausen and Michael Emmerman, Ernest and Judith Wong, Christian and Lonna Yegen