This simple yet layered play about two strangers who find an unexpected connection has only appeared in New York three times, but they've all made a splash.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Tickets
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Information
Christopher Abbott and Aubrey Plaza star in Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley’s critically acclaimed play Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Experience an emotionally charged evening of theatre as two down-and-out strangers connect over their deep-rooted issues at a bar. Get Danny and the Deep Blue Sea tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
Set at a desolate bar in the Bronx, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea chronicles the unlikely connection between self-pitying strangers. Abbott stars as Danny, a laborer who lives with his mom, and Plaza is Roberta, a divorcée with a teenage son. The pair engage in a stand-off over who’s got it worse. Verbal blows give way to physical, and the outcasts bare the deepest parts of themselves — charging the unlikely pair to leave the bar and go to Roberta’s bedroom.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea premiered at the Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actors Theater of Louisville in 1984 before transferring off Broadway with John Turturro and June Stein in the lead roles. In 2004, Second Stage Theatre produced the 80-minute drama with Adam Rothenberg and Rosemarie DeWitt. This latest iteration marks the directorial debut of actor Jeff Ward.
How many plays has John Patrick Shanley written?
John Patrick Shanley has written 23 plays. The Bronx native’s works grapple with complex issues, like mortality, faith, and interpersonal relationships. Shanley is best known for Doubt: A Parable, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His plays also include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Outside Mullingar, and Prodigal Son, among others.
Shanley also writes and directs for the screen. In 1987, Shanley won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Moonstruck, and two of its stars, Cher and Olympia Dukakis, also took home Oscars for their performances. Shanley’s film adaptation of Doubt: A Parable was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2009.
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80 minutes, no intermission
October 30th, 2023
January 7th, 2024
Lucille Lortel Theatre
Cast and creative
By: John Patrick Shanley
Director: Jeff Ward
Cast list: Aubrey Plaza (as Roberta), Christopher Abbott (as Danny)
Design: Scott Pask
Costumes: Arianne Phillips
Lighting: John Torres
Sound: Kate Marvin
Other info: Movement by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber
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