Tom Sturridge & Jake Gyllenhaal Return To Stage In ‘Sea Wall / A Life’
10 December, 2018 Author: Catagories: Gallery Updates, Interviews, Sea Wall / A Life

At their best, one-person plays have the intimacy and urgency of an encounter with someone who needs to get something off his or her chest, ideally portrayed by an actor who compels us to listen. Two such plays—Simon Stephens’s Sea Wall and Nick Payne’s A Life—open as a twin set next month at the Public Theater.

Under the direction of the smashing Carrie Cracknell, each is a short monologue that, beneath its spare surface, grapples with profound questions about life, death, and identity.

In A Life, Gyllenhaal plays a man struggling to reconcile his emotions surrounding the death of his father and the birth of his daughter. Originally titled The Art of Dying, the piece started as a monologue that Payne performed at London’s Donmar Warehouse in 2013, in the aftermath of his own father’s death.

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Jake Set To Make Public Theater Debut In ‘Sea Wall / A Life’
5 June, 2018 Author: Catagories: News & Headlines, Sea Wall / A Life

Off-Broadway’s Public Theater has announced a talent-packed lineup for its 2018-2019 season. Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge will make their Public Theater debut in an unforgettable and incredibly intimate evening of theater.

Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Simon Stephens, performs Sea Wall, an astonishing monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable.

Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with playwright Nick Payne (Constellations, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet) in A Life, a meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most.

Sea Wall / A Life runs January 26, 2018 through March 24, 2019 at the Newman Theater in NYC.

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