Jack O'Brien & Tom Stoppard

LCT to present NY premiere of Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem and announces new LCT3 production

Lincoln Center Theater announces two new off-Broadway productions as part of its 2018-2019 season.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Lincoln Center Theater will present the New York premiere of acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, directed by multiple time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, which will begin previews at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on October 25, 2018, ahead of an official opening on November 19 and a limited engagement through to January 6, 2019.

Synopsis: "Hilary is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is "the hard problem" facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one."

The cast of The Hard Problem includes Eshan Bay, Adelaide Clemens, Nina Grollman, Katie Beth Hall, Chris O'Shea, Tara Summers, and Karoline Xu, with additional casting to be announced at a later date.

The creative team features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff, and original music by Bob James.

The world premiere of The Hard Problem was staged at London's National Theatre in 2015, with an American debut following in 2016 at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia.

In addition, LCT3 will present Miranda Rose Hall's new play Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, directed by Margot Bordelon, which is scheduled to play the Claire Tow Theater from October 6 through to November 18, 2018, with an official opening set for October 22.

Synopsis: "Theo and Cecily want to be honest about their sexual histories, but what happens when telling the truth jeopardizes everything? A contemporary queer love story, Plot Points in Our Sexual Development explores gender, intimacy, and the dangers of revealing yourself to the person you love."

The cast of the two-hander includes Jax Jackson and Marianne Rendon.

The creative team behind Plot Points in Our Sexual Development features scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Sarafina Bush, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.

LCT3's current production of Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over, directed by Danya Taymor, plays its final performance at the Claire Tow Theater this Sunday, July 22, 2018.

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