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October 4 - December 1

PLENTY contains the use of smoke, haze, a gunshot, nudity, & live smoking.

Newman Theater

Member tickets:
October 4 - October 19: $65
October 20 - November 6: $70
November 7 - December 1: $80

Non-Member tickets:
October 4 - November 6: starts at $90 + fees
November 7 - December 1: starts at $95 + fees

Running Time: 2 and a half hours with one 15 minute intermission

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David Hare’s PLENTY, one of the most celebrated plays in The Public’s history, returns this season in a riveting new production featuring Olivier and Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (Betrayal, The Constant Gardener) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards, Troilus and Cressida).

A groundbreaking work by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer of Skylight and The HoursPLENTY is the story of Susan Traherne, a fiercely intelligent British secret agent flown into France during the second world war. Susan’s experiences among her war-time colleagues and over the two decades that follow are distilled in powerful scenes in this endlessly layered work about a woman of remarkable bravery, who cannot find in peacetime the values and relationships she cherished in war.

When it premiered at The Public in 1982 The New York Times called PLENTY, “an explosive theatrical vision of a world that was won and lost during and after World War II. A relentlessly gripping play” that “punctures our conscience.”

Five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux (Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac) directs this witty and profoundly moving drama, highly original in structure, about one woman’s struggle to lead a liberated life before the world was ready to set her free.

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Top (from left): Liesel Allen Yeager, Pun Bandhu, Ken Barnett, Emily Bergl, Dani de Waal
Middle (from left): Mike Iveson, Byron Jennings, LeRoy McClain, Tim Nicolai, Paul Niebanck
Bottom (from left): Julian Sands, Ann Sanders, Corey Stoll, Benjamin Thys, Rachel Weisz

About the Original Production
The original production of PLENTY premiered at The Public in the Newman Theater, directed by David Hare and featured Edward Herrmann as “Raymond Brock,” Kate Nelligan as “Susan Traherne,” and Kelsey Grammer as “Codename Lazar.” 

The production won the 1983 Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and the 1983 Drama League Awards for Distinguished Performance for Edward Herrmann and Kate Nelligan. The play transferred to Broadway in 1983, where it received a Tony nomination for Best Play, Best Actor in a Play for Edward Herrmann, and Best Featured Actor in a Play for George N. Martin. The play was later made into a film, directed by Fred Schepisi and featuring Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, Sting, Ian McKellen, Charles Dance, and John Gielgud.

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First Major New York Revival
Written by David Hare
Directed by David Leveaux
Featuring Liesel Allen Yeager (Dorcas), Pun Bandhu (M. Aung), Ken Barnett (Codename Lazar), Emily Bergl (Alice Park), Dani de Waal (Louise), Mike Iveson (Another Frenchman), Byron Jennings (Leonard Darwin), LeRoy McClain (Mick), Tim Nicolai (John Begley), Paul Niebanck (Sir Andrew Charleson), Ann Sanders (Mme. Aung), Julian Sands (Interviewer), Corey Stoll (Raymond Brock), Benjamin Thys (A Frenchman), and Rachel Weisz (Susan Traherne).

Scenic Design Mike Britton
Costume Design Jess Goldstein
Lighting Design David Weiner
Original Music and Sound Design David Van Tieghem
Hair and Wig Design Leah J. Loukas