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Field of Mars


NYU Skirball
January 19-22, 24-29 Run Time: 120 Minutes

Presented by New York City Players
Written and directed by Richard Maxwell
Presented in association with NYU Skirball

In 2019, NYU Skirball commissioned a new work by award-winning playwright/director Richard Maxwell and his celebrated New York City Players.

After a long Covid-related delay, Skirball presents the international premiere of Maxwell’s FIELD OF MARS, a two-act play produced in association with the Under The Radar Festival and co-commissioned by The Walker Art Center with support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts .

Act I happens in three parts: Creation, a chain restaurant in North Carolina, Outdoors. During Creation, Adam and Eve are introduced after a brief exploration into color and light. At a restaurant in Chapel Hill, two songwriters enter in order to sell a song to two younger musicians. The songwriter talks to the bartender, who plays in a cover band. As workers and customers interact to make a fast-casual dining experience, the songwriter and bartender step outside.

Act II ranges wider, moving between past, present and future: Two women take a hike in the desert, Early Man figures try to describe a landscape, Satan refuses to kneel before Lord, and the animal instincts of coupling and destruction move through generations. Meanwhile, back in Chapel Hill, the staff continue their work.

NYU Skirball
January 19-22, 24-29 Run Time: 120 Minutes


This production is at NYU Skirball. Learn more and access tickets. Note: by clicking the link you are leaving The Public Theater’s Website. 

NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place.

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How to Access Tickets

All ticket access begins at 12PM ET on the days listed below unless otherwise specified:
Partner & Supporters: November 9
General Access: November 10

This production is at NYU Skirball. To learn more and access tickets, please follow the link: https://nyuskirball.org/.


Richard Maxwell
Director and Playwright
Lakpa Bhutia
Nicholas Elliott
Jim Fletcher
Brian Mendes
James Moore
Philip Moore
Gillian Walsh
Eleanor Hutchins
Paige Martin
Tory Vazquez
Sascha van Riel
Scenic & Lighting Designer
Kaye Voyce
Costume Designer
Nicholas Elliott
Dirk Stevens
Technical Director
Katiana Rangel
Stage Manager
Almog Cohen-Kashi
Assistant Stage Manager
Eric Magnus
NYCP Company Manager


FIELD OF MARS was commissioned by NYU Skirball Center and is made possible by a commission from the Walker Arts Center with support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and with special funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grant with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Portions of Field of Mars were developed at Duke University in 2020.

New York City Players is supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation. New York City Players is also supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Special support has also been granted to New York City Players by Cecily Brown, Charline von Heyl and Christopher Wool, the David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, the Rosenthal Fund, the Rosenthal Family Foundation, the Steve Martin Charitable Foundation, and Greene Naftali.