MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARS NOVA
PRESENTS

BY THE WATER

Family is a force of nature.
By Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Hal Brooks

The first production from The Writer’s Room, MTC and Ars Nova’s Commissioning Partnership.  

 

NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 7, 2014

   

ABOUT THE SHOW

Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.

With fierce compassion and poignant humor, By the Water reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together.

By the Water was commissioned by The Writer’s Room (Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova).

 

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARS NOVA
PRESENTS

BY THE WATER

Family is a force of nature.
By Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Hal Brooks

 

The New York Times

“Affecting and seasoned with salty humor!” 
 

THE WRAP

“If Arthur Miller had lived to witness and write about Superstorm Sandy, his play might be very much like Sharyn Rothstein’s By The Water!”
 

VARIETY

“Excellent and profound!” 
 

THE HUFFINGTON POST

“Rothstein’s fiery confrontations never stop igniting!”

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARS NOVA
PRESENTS

BY THE WATER

Family is a force of nature.
By Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Hal Brooks

 

 

 

THE TEAM

Scenic Design WILSON CHIN 
Costume Design JESSICA PABST 
Lighting Design TYLER MICOLEAU 
Original Music & Sound Design RYAN RUMERY 
Production Stage Manager E SARA BARNES 

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

SHARYN ROTHSTEIN (Playwright) is a writer for theater and television. Her plays have been commissioned, developed and produced by institutions including Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, and New Georges and producers including Jean Doumanian and Sue Wagner. Sharyn is a member of the inaugural class of Manhattan Theatre Club/Ars Nova Writer’s Room, through which By the Water was commissioned and developed, and the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and an alumna of EST’s Youngblood, as well as Ars Nova’s 2011-2012 Play Group. Sharyn’s play The Invested was published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2013. She has been a finalist for the Yale Drama Prize. Sharyn holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Urban and Community Health (Hunter College), and a BA from Vassar. 

 

HAL BROOKS (Director). Be A Good Little Widow (The Old Globe), Figaro (The Pearl), The Whale (Denver Center, Premiere), Tigers Be Still (Dallas Theater Center), Urge for Going (The Public Theater), The Bad Guys (Second Stage Uptown), The Bald Soprano (Pearl Theatre), Colin Quinn’s Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld (Creative Consultant), Clybourne Park, (Juilliard). Select credits include: Thom Pain(DR2-Commercial), No Child (Barrow Street Theatre and National Tour), Back Back Back (Dallas Theater Center), Lady  (Asolo Rep), the premiere of Lee Blessing’s Lonesome Hollow (Contemporary American Theater Festival), and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Two River Theater Company). Hal is the newly appointed Artistic Director of The Pearl Theatre Company. He is also the Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Theatre Project and the Associate Artistic Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab and SDC.