Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning The Skin of Our Teeth officially opens at the Vivian Beaumont Theater April 25. Obie winner and LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz makes her Broadway directorial debut helming the production, which coincides with the 125th anniversary of the Our Town playwright's birth. The production began performances April 1.
Leading the cast are James Vincent Meredith, Roslyn Ruff, Paige Gilbert, Julian Robertson, Gabby Beans, and Priscilla Lopez, appearing alongside Eunice Bae, Terry Bell, Ritisha Chakraborty, William DeMeritt, Jeremy Gallardo, Avery Glymph, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Noor Hamdi, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Maya Jackson, Anaseini Katoa, Cameron Keitt, Megan Moax, Kathimarice Lopez, Lindsay Rico, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Julyana Soelistyo, Phillip Taratula, Beau Thom, Alphonso Walker, Jr., Arienne Wells, and Sarin Monae West in the ensemble.
The production, which includes new material by Gloria and Everybody playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, also features sets by Adam Rigg, costumes by Montana Levi Blanco, lighting by Yi Zhao, sound by Palmer Hefferan, and projections by Hannah Wasileski. Charles M. Turner III is the stage manager, and casting is by Daniel Swee.
Following the Antrobus family through an Ice Age, a biblical flood, and war, The Skin of Our Teeth looks closely at what it means to survive and to live. The work premiered on Broadway in 1942 with a production starring Tallulah Bankhead, Frederic March, Florence Eldridge, and Montgomery Clift. The piece would go on to win the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the years since, the work has been revived on Broadway two times before this current production, which is the Main Stem's first since 1975.
"To be on the brink of extinction—and yet manage to survive—not only survive but invent and laugh and live and learn—is extraordinary," shared Blain-Cruz in an earlier statement. "I find that extraordinariness—the surreal nature of survival—manifested so incredibly in the Black experience and that is why I’m so thrilled to bring this particular company of actors together for this production. The astounding theatrical collisions that Wilder presented in the '40s during World War II now get to be examined in a new way with a cast that embodies the complexity that is America."