World Premiere Musical
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Book by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Brian Yorkey
Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Based on the Groundswell Productions and Participant Media motion picture written by Thomas McCarthy
With heart, humor, and lush new songs, Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and Kwame Kwei-Armah bring their soul-stirring new musical based on the acclaimed independent film, THE VISITOR by Thomas McCarthy, to The Public for its World Premiere. Widowed and living alone, Walter is a college professor whose life has lost a sense of purpose. When Tarek, a vivacious drummer, and Zainab, an iron-willed jewelry maker, enter his life in the most unexpected circumstances, Walter is swept up into their struggle to stay in an America that they have made their home, but seeks to cast them out. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs this unforgettable new musical about friends and lovers caught between two worlds.
Health & Safety
As we return to live, indoor performances, we all must play our part around Health and Safety. All audience members will be required to show proof of a complete vaccination for access into the facility for performances and events. Our staff and the artists are also completely vaccinated. Learn about all current protocols with Safe at The Public.
Production Effect Advisories
THE VISITOR will include atmospheric haze and strobes that simulate a subway passing by, which are not sustained. If you have questions regarding the content of this production or our production effect advisories, please call 212.967.7555 or email us at [email protected].
- Large Print and Braille playbills are available for this production. Playbills may be obtained from the house manager or the ticket taker upon entering the theater of the performance you are attending.
- THE VISITOR Accessible PDF Playbill
The Public: Urge For Going. Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Coram Boy, Mary Stuart, Master Class, Soul Doctor, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. Over 30 years in regional and NY theatre, favorite roles include Williams’ Serafina; Kushner’s Mahala; Hellman’s Regina; McNally’s Maria Callas; Ibsen’s Hedda and Shakespeare’s Gertrude, Emilia, Olivia, Volumnia, Tamara and Cleopatra. Film includes The Siege, Side Effects. TV credits include “Homeland,” “Counterpart,” “American Gods,” “Succession” and upcoming “Archive 81” and “The Old Man” with Jeff Bridges.
Broadway: Spring Awakening (Revival). Off-Broadway: Spamilton, soot and spit (World Premiere). National Tours: Hamilton (Chicago), Les Misérables. Regional: Evita, Betty Blue Eyes (U.S. Premiere). Lincoln Center Concerts: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I Am Harvey Milk. Original Cast Recording of Neil Bartram & Brian Hill’s The Theory of Relativity. TV: “Girls5Eva” (Peacock), “Pose” (FX). Graduate of The University of Michigan, BFA Musical Theatre. Instagram: @robertariza, Twitter: @bobertariza, Website: robertariza.com
Off-Broadway: Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty, Hesitation Waltz (Comic). National tours: Lincoln Center Theater’s The King and I (Prince Chulalongkorn), Anything Goes (John). Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho), West Side Story (Chino), Vietgone (Nhan/Khue), Valley of the Heart (Calvin), …Spelling Bee (Chip), Ching Chong Chinaman (Upton), All Shook Up (Dennis), The Wizard of Oz. BA: UC Irvine. BS: CBU. Bay Area native. @chanttt
Alysha Deslorieux returns to The Public after appearing in the original Broadway and Off-Broadway companies of Hamilton. Broadway: Hamilton (Peggy/ Maria), Once on This Island (Andrea, Original Revival Cast), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Cast) and Sister Act. National tours: Hamilton Chicago (Eliza Hamilton), Sister Act. Regional: FOUND (Denise), Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Muny, Marriott Lincolnshire. TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” season 3, “Only Murders in the Building,” “Younger,” “Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector.” Instagram: alysha_des
Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Tour: The Book of Mormon (Australia). TV: Otis Redding in HBO’s “Vinyl,” “Law & Order.” Regional: Octavius Caesar in Julius Caesar; Quartet in The Music Man (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Richie in A Chorus Line (North Shore Music Theatre); Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Nevada Conservatory Theatre). Recently wrote, directed and starred in a new series to pitch: learn more at notlooking.com. MFA: UNLV. BFA: Penn State. Instagram: @TheeDellyd. Deliusdoherty.com
Broadway: After Midnight, Billy Elliot, Shuffle Along. Off-Broadway: Cotton Club Parade; Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope; I Heart Bob. National tours: The Book of Mormon; Frozen (u/s Olaf and Weselton). Regional: Sophisticated Ladies (Duke; NJPAC); The Scottsboro Boys (Roy; Signature Theatre). BFA: University of Oklahoma.
Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can. Off-Broadway: Godspell; I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Prince and the Pauper; Don’t Quit Your Night Job; Little Miss Sunshine. World tour: Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen’s collaboration Book of Longing (Sydney Opera House, The Barbican, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival, The People’s Hall Taipei, etc.). Film: The Greatest Showman, Miles. Northwestern University grad.
Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, Tuck Everlasting, Gypsy, Big, Les Misérables, Will Rogers Follies. Off-Broadway: Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), Substitution (Playwrights Realm), Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company). Regional: A View from the Bridge (Dir: Ivo van Hove; Goodman Theater), The Way of the World (Dir./Playwright: Theresa Rebeck, Folger Shakespeare Theater). TV: “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” (Starz), “FBI” (CBS), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “The Mysteries Of Laura” (NBC), “The Following” (FOX), “Elementary” (CBS), “The Carrie Diaries” (CW).
Broadway: West Side Story (2010 revival), Amazing Grace (OBC). New York: Zorba, Fanny (Encores!); Company (New York Philharmonic). Regional: Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, The Muny, Theatre Under the Stars. Helen Hayes nominee and Berkshire Theatre Award winner (2018). Instagram: @seanrewing
Broadway credits: Mamma Mia!, Ghost, Honeymoon In Vegas and Escape to Margaritaville. National tours: Mamma Mia!, Escape to Margaritaville. Other favorite credits: The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse), Yoshimi battles… (LJP), The World Premiere of Twyla Tharp and Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Old Globe), Miss Saigon and more recently On This Side Of The World and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (ACT of CT).
Broadway: Motown the Musical. West End: HAIR. First national tour: Legally Blonde The Musical, Memphis, After Midnight. Regional: The Wiz, Dreamgirls. “Roots” and “Been Magic” available for purchase and on all streaming platforms. Helen Hayes nominee.
Off-Broadway/New York City Center: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (dir. Michael Mayer); Jamboree (dir. Michael Mayer). National tour: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (dir. Marc Bruni). TV: Showtime’s “Flatbush Misdemeanors,” Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.” Modeling: Oprah Magazine, Vogue Italia, SavageXFenty. Awards: 2015 Jimmy Award for Best Actress. Instagram/ Twitter: @marlalou_
Broadway: The Band’s Visit. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater. Regional: A.R.T., Huntington Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center and The O’Neill Theater Center. TV: “Law & Order,” “The Equalizer,” “The Blacklist,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Fight.” Concerts: Nasty Little Sweet Tooth, Green Room 42. MFA: A.R.T. at Harvard University. Instagram: @madmaksooo. ahmadmaksoud.com
Off-Broadway: Borders (Rana, York Theatre), 7 Doors (Zoe, BAM), Akhenaten the Musical (Sahura, Triad Theater). TV: NBC’s “The Endgame,” Showtime’s “Let the Right One In.”
Dimitri Joseph Moïse
Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, As Much As I Can. National tours: The Book of Mormon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. TV: “The Last O.G.” (TBS). Moïse is also a national HIV spokesperson and activist. Previously featured in Teen Vogue, Them magazine, Thought Catalog, PAPER and HIV Plus Magazine. Currently featured in “Keep Being You,” a national broadcast campaign, and in GQ magazine. @dimitrimoiseofficial
ARIEL NEYDAVOUD he/him (Swing). Off-Broadway: Temple of the Souls (NYMF). Regional: The Caliph in Kismet (dir. Lonny Price); Sweet Charity (dir. Kathleen Marshall); Chicago (dir. Denis Jones); Mamma Mia! (Marriott Theatre); The Fakir in The Secret Garden (3-D Theatricals); Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Disney's When You Wish (Tuacahn Center for the Arts); South Pacific, Oklahoma! (Musical Theatre West). Instagram: @arielneydavoud
Awards: Best Foreign Award, Fiesta del Tambor in Cuba (2014); International Artist of the Year Boston Music Award nomination (2018 and 2019). Recording: Final Fantasy XV (2016), “Dr. Stone” anime (2019).
David Hyde Pierce
The Public: Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Zero Positive. Broadway: Hello, Dolly!; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; La Bête; Accent on Youth; Curtains; Spamalot; The Heidi Chronicles; Beyond Therapy. Off-Broadway: A Life, The Landing, Summer, The Cherry Orchard, The Author’s Voice, That’s All Folks! Film: The Perfect Host, Wet Hot American Summer, Nixon, Sleepless in Seattle. TV: “When We Rise,” “The Good Wife,” “The Powers That Be,” “Frasier.” Upcoming: Julia (HBO Max).
Off-Broadway: This Clement World (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Donogoo (The Mint), Captain Louie (Little Shubert). NY: House of Dance (Half Straddle), Look Upon Our Lowliness (The Movement). Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, Chester Theatre Company. TV: “Instinct.” Film: Fry Day. MFA: NYU Grad Acting.
Broadway: Aladdin (u/s Jasmine), On The Town (u/s Flossie). 1st National tour: West Side Story (u/s Maria), also in Canada, Japan & Paris. Select Regional: recently in Bliss at The 5th Avenue Theatre (Kimber, u/s Taffeta); The Most Happy Fella (Encores!); Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Opera House); 16 shows at PCLO. TV: “Peter Pan Live!” (Mermaid, u/s Tiger Lily), “Disney Family Singalong.” Represented by Headline Talent Agency.
Lyrics and Book
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