Tribes, by Nina Raine, at the Barrow Street Theatre




Producers Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter will present the North American premiere of Nina Raine’s new comedy Tribes at the Barrow Street Theatre. Directed by David Cromer, Tribes will begin performances in mid-Feb 2012, and will officially open on 4 Mar 2012.

Tickets for Tribes will go on sale the general public on 15 Dec 2011.

Tribes: Billy was born deaf, into a hearing family, and raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his parent’s house. He has adapted brilliantly to his family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. Yes, Billy’s family can hear, but will they ever listen?

Casting and creative team information will be announced shortly.

Producers Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter collaborated with director David Cromer in the recently acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town,' which played at the Barrow Street Theatre from 26 Feb 2009 - 12 Sep 2010. The production won the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival, and earned David Cromer a Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for direction.

Tribes had its world premiere at London’s Royal Court Theatre from 14 Oct - 13 Nov 2010. The play opened to excellent reviews: At once funny and piercingly painful (Daily Telegraph); Riveting and original (Financial Times); It’s about as sharp, witty and stimulating as a domestic drama can be (The Times); A fiercely intelligent, caustically funny and emotionally wrenching piece (Independent).

The Royal Court production was nominated for both the Oliver and Evening Standard Award for Best Play.