In one crucial moment of Morning Sun, the new play by Simon Stephens, the main character, Charley, is about to have an abortion. As she’s heading to her appointment, one of the characters in the play says, “Something at that precise moment makes you stop. And think. And turn around. And go back to work.” Charley decides not to have an abortion. But what the play does not tell you is what... Read more
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Tony Award winner Blair Brown, four-time Emmy Award winner Edie Falco, and Tony nominee Marin Ireland come together as one family in Tony winner Simon Stephens's new play, Morning Sun. The play makes its world premiere at New York City Center, presented by Manhattan Theatre Club. Morning Sun tickets are available now.
Morning Sun is a play that begins one generation back from the present in a thriving Manhattan. Over the course of 60 years, one woman's existence gives way to two more generations of women, all of whom share the same Greenwich Village walk-up apartment at different points in their lives. It is a simple play, with Falco having said, "It’s just people, just trying to get through stuff. There’s something very beautiful about that." The play takes its name from an Edward Hopper painting, which depicts a woman sitting alone on an unmade bed in her urban apartment. The play began development in 2018.
Lila Neugebauer directs the production. She has an established record of directing women-centered projects, like Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves in 2016, and family-centered projects, like the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery in 2018, among multiple other directing engagements for Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, and more. Playwright Simon Stephens has also had a prolific career on the New York stage, with his play adaptation of the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. His one-act monologue Sea Wall featured as part of Sea Wall / A Life on Broadway in 2019, and the immersive sound experience Blindness, which Stephens adapted from the same-named José Saramago novel, in 2021 became the first in-person, indoor theatre show to open in New York following the Covid-19 pandemic.
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In Greenwich Village a generation or so ago, the city is alive. Joni Mitchell sings, friends and lovers come and go, and the regulars change at the White Horse Tavern. As 50 years pass, one woman’s life is revealed in all its complexity, mystery and possibility in this enthralling world premiere about mothers and daughters, beginnings and endings in New York City