Primary Stages postpones world premiere of On That Day in Amsterdam

Clarence Coo's new play, directed by Kareem Fahmy, was scheduled to begin performances at the Cherry Lane Theatre on November 1, 2019.

Clarence Coo & Kareem Fahmy

Following yesterday's cast change announcementPrimary Stages has now made the decision to postpone its world premiere production of On That Day in Amsterdam, written by Clarence Coo and directed by Kareem Fahmy. The play was originally scheduled to begin performances at Cherry Lane Theatre on October 29, but was then delayed to November 1. The production has now been indefinitely postponed with a new timeline to be announced at a later date.

Primary Stages issued the following statement: “Our mission, first and foremost, is to serve and support the people and the plays under our roof. It has become clear that our goal for On That Day in Amsterdam has not been met, and that as a result, the play’s potential is not yet fully realizedWhile we do not take lightly the decision to postpone a production, it is essential that we regroup and reflect on how to best serve the artists and our mission moving forward, and for us to present Clarence Coo’s play at a later date.”

Synopsis: "In a time when your fate is determined by your passport, Clarence Coo's deeply arresting play captures a transient moment of magic. The morning after a one-night stand, a refugee from the Middle East wakes up next to an American backpacker who is himself the son of immigrants. With only a day until the two young men must each leave Amsterdam, they set off on a romantic journey through the city. Moved by the spirits of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Anne Frank, On That Day in Amsterdam witnesses these two young dreamers count down their remaining hours together, discovering the meaning of art, love, and loss."

The cast of On That Day in Amsterdam was to include Abubakr Ali (as Sammy), Frankie J. Alvarez (as Vincent), Andy Lucien (as Rembrandt, replacing previously announced Evander Duck), Jeffrey Omura (as Kevin), and Rocky Vega (as Anne).


The creative team behind On That Day in Amsterdam features scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Dina El-Aziz, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Mark Van Hare, and projection design by Shawn Duan.

Primary Stages next production at Cherry Lane Theatre will be The Confession of Lily Dare, written by and starring Charles Busch and directed by Carl Andress, which is scheduled to run from January 11 through March 5, 2020.

(Photos courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations)