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What Do We Need To Talk About?

WHAT DO WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT?

Streaming On Demand Through June 28, 2020

Featuring the return of the Apple Family, performing from their homes including, Jon DeVries (Benjamin Apple), Stephen Kunken (Tim Andrews), Sally Murphy (Jane Apple Halls), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), and Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple).

For the past 10 years, The Public has been presenting Richard Nelson’s minimalist epic, The Rhinebeck Panorama, which includes The Apple Family PlaysThe Gabriels, and The Michaels. Now, in the midst of our unsettled world, The Apple Family, last seen in 2014, return, though not over the dinner table, but via Zoom. This hour-long play picks up with them during their now suspended and quarantined lives. They talk about grocery shopping, friends lost, new ventures on a hoped-for horizon—all at a time when human conversation (and theater) may be more needed than ever before.

Streaming On Demand Through June 28, 2020

Cast.

Image of Jon DeVries

Jon DeVries

Image of Stephen Kunken

Stephen Kunken

Image of Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy

Image of Maryann Plunkett

Maryann Plunkett

Image of Laila Robins

Laila Robins

Image of Jay O. Sanders

Jay O. Sanders

Press.

Infinitely poignant.

- THE NEW YORK TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS PICK

- THE NEW YORK TIMES
It’s a kind of theatrical intimacy that is unique to this experience. It’s almost like you are watching a new art form being born.

- VOGUE
Nelson creates the first original internet play that deftly responds to the form, this family and the times.

- VARIETY
But the theatrical impulse — to celebrate and capture a moment in real time as it passes — is so strong here that, I actually felt I was attending a play. It felt good. Nelson and his team have given me hope that the real thing is still there, nurturing its singular strength and agility, eager to come out of quarantine and meet us face to face.

- THE NEW YORK TIMES