Tony-winning playwright Richard Nelson will conclude his Rhinebeck Panorama cycle of plays with the world premiere of What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad. Hunter Theater Project, a professional theatre company in residence at New York City's Hunter College, will present the new work at the Frederick Loewe Theater at the college, running August 28–October 8.
This 12th and final work of the Rhinebeck Panorama (consisting of the four Apple Family plays, three plays about The Gabriels, 2019's The Michaels, and last summer's Zoom series, A Pandemic Trilogy) follows the Michaels family, on a post-pandemic trip to France to attend a student dance festival.
The cast includes Charlotte Bydwell, Haviland Morris, Tony winner Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Matilda Sakamoto, Rita Wolf, and Yvonne Woods, with several reprising their roles from The Public Theater's production of The Michaels.
“I have been inspired by producing my last two Apple Family Zoom plays independently, and it has led me to create a new ad hoc theatre venture that I am calling An Independent Theater,” said Nelson in a statement. “For the production of What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad I have joined forces with Hunter Theater Project and its producer, Gregory Mosher, with whom I did Uncle Vanya in 2018, continuing my relationship with Gregory that has now spanned more than 40 years. Theatre is coming back to New York, and I am so pleased that The Michaels Abroad will help welcome audiences and actors back to the stage, and together again in our intimate 74- seat theatre.”
Nelson also directs the production, with sets by Jason Ardizzone-West, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, and sound design by Will Pickens. Theresa Flanagan serves as production stage manager.
For more information, visit HunterTheaterProject.org.