WORLD PREMIERE of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box

WORLD PREMIERE of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box

WORLD PREMIERE of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box

Polonsky Shakespeare Center | Fort Greene

The Polonsky Shakespeare Center presents the WORLD PREMIERE of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box from January 18 to February 11, 2018, in Fort Greene.

Set in Georgia and New York City in 1941, this new work by one of America’s greatest living dramatists is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.

Adrienne Kennedy, the doyenne of African-American drama, is also one of America’s most celebrated dramatic innovators. The world premiere of her first new play in nine years is directed by Evan Yionoulis.



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About Theater for a New Audience

For more than three decades, the Theatre for a New Audience has produced over 60 master works, including 28 of Shakespeare’s plays alongside other classic works and distinguished contemporary plays, including Edward Bond’s Chair, W.S. Gilbert’s Engaged, Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats, and Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders, which was named one of the ten best productions of 2007 by The New York Times. In 2001, Theatre for a New Audience became the first American theatre company invited to perform Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon. Its production of Cymbeline, directed by Bartlett Sher, led to continuing artistic dialogue and exchange, and the Theatre returned to the RSC in March 2007 with its production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Darko Tresnjak and starring Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham.

Theatre for a New Audience is also at a turning point in its history: In October 2013, it opened its first home after over thirty years of itinerancy, a 299-seat theatre in the Brooklyn Cultural District that is the first theatre built in New York City for Shakespeare and classic drama since the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center in the 1960s. Thanks to a generous gift from The Polonsky Foundation, we have named our home Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Of a three phase Capital Campaign goal of $69.1 million, the Theatre has raised $66.9 million to date.