The world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Arbery's Corsicana finishes its extended run at Playwrights Horizons July 17. The new work began preview performances June 2, and opened June 22. Read the reviews here.
Corsicana follows Ginny, a woman with Down syndrome played by Drama Desk winner Jamie Brewer (Amy and the Orphans), and her half-brother Christopher, played by Will Dagger (The Antelope Party), as they strive to find ways of moving forward from their mother's passing in their small city of Corsicana, Texas. 2022 Tony winner Deirdre O'Connell (Dana H.) plays family friend Justice, who connects the siblings with local artists and outsider Lot, played by Harold Surratt (Familiar), in this work about caregiving and caretaking.
Tony winner Sam Gold directs the production, which features scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Qween Jean, lighting design by Isabella Byrd, and sound design by Justin Ellington. Joanna Sternberg serves as composer.
Arbery has dedicated the character of Ginny to his older sister, Julia, who has Down syndrome. The work also includes a character based on Arbery himself, a first for the playwright. “The play was born out of being a brother to Julia, and seeing the ways that she had to constantly renegotiate her desires and her expressions of them because the world doesn’t treat her the same as everyone else," said Arbery in a statement. "Very universal wants of companionship and romantic love become so much more complicated for her. She’s been such a teacher to me in that regard, and she’s modeled an incredible resilience for me her entire life.”
For tickets and more information, visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org.