In the first few minutes of The Trees, Agnes Borinsky sows a seed of a potentially intriguing story. While in a leafy park outside their father’s home in Connecticut, siblings Sheila (Crystal Dickinson) and David (Jess Barbagallo) find themselves inexplicably rooted in place. And not figuratively. Like a couple of saplings, the two have actually been dug into the earth – an effect achieved through a simple theatrical sleight as two small circular trap doors descend. They can’t move. After the...
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Playwright Agnes Borinsky and director Tina Satter make their Playwrights Horizons debuts with the world premiere of The Trees. Get The Trees tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
The Trees is a play about David and Sheila, two siblings who visit the park near their father's house, fall asleep, and wake up to find that their feet have become rooted into the ground. They make the best of their scenario by turning the park into a utopian community, overseeing the eclectic group of people that take shelter there — their Polish grandmother, a snack vendor, a Rabbi, a boyfriend, and more — while the harsh world rages around them.
The Trees is Agnes Borinsky's first live play with Playwrights Horizons, but she previously wrote the audio drama The Marriage of Earth and Sky for the company's podcast, Soundstage. Her other Off-Broadway works include A Song of Songs, Ding Dong It’s the Ocean, Of Government, and Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8.
Director Tina Satter heads up the Obie Award-winning theatre company Half Straddle, whose plays have appeared across the U.S. and the world. In 2021, she made her Broadway debut with Is This A Room, her theatrical adaptation of the FBI interrogation of Reality Winner. That show also premiered off Broadway with Vineyard Theatre in 2019 and received critical acclaim both times.
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February 12th, 2023
March 19th, 2023
Cast and creative
By: Agnes Borinsky
Director: Tina Satter
Producer: Playwrights Horizons
Cast list: Jess Barbagallo (as David), Marcia DeBonis (as Sheryl), Crystal Dickinson (as Sheila), Sean Donovan (as Jared), Xander Fenyes (as Ezra), Nile Harris (as Julian), Max Gordon Moore (as Saul), Pauli Pontrelli (as Tavish), Ray Anthony Thomas (as Norman), Danusia Trevino (as Grandmother), Sam Breslin Wright (as Terry/Vendor), Becky Yamamoto (as Charlotte)
Design: Parker Lutz
Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Lighting: Thomas Dunn
Sound: Tei Blow
Other info: Puppet design by Amanda Villalobos
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Casting has been set for the world premiere of The Trees, a new play taking root at Playwrights Horizons in the spring. Performances run from February 12 to March 19, with opening night on March 5. Agnes Borinsky's play centers on Sheila and David, two siblings who discover their feet have become rooted in the ground at a public park. An eclectic group of others — including their grandmother, a snack vendor, a rabbi, and more — join them and establish a utopian community amid a volatile world....