desCribe the night
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 1989, a mysterious KGB agent and future Russian president spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Spanning 90 years, this thrilling and epic work by the author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo traces the stories of eight men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy. A remarkably topical and timely play about fact and fiction, and the search for belonging that drives us all.
OBIE AWARD FOR BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY
“Grand soap opera or great play, Describe the Night is that rare must-see in the theater.” The Wrap
“Feels like a vital attempt to hold a mirror up to the former Soviet Union. And since Joseph is an American playwright, it’s also a mirror in which we might see ourselves.” New York Magazine
Mask wearing is now optional with the exception of our MASKED MATINEE on October 1 at 2pm. For that performance only, a mask covering your mouth and nose will be required for everyone in the building, and must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking concessions. Mask requirements will be enforced by our front of house team and we appreciate your cooperation. Click for full Health & Safety protocols
Content Advisory: This production includes the use of theatrical haze, limited use of herbal cigarettes, flashing lights, and the sound of a gunshot.
Directed by Tony Estrella+
Set Designer Michael McGarty
Costume Designer David T. Howard
Lighting Designer Jeff Adelberg△
Sound Designer Alex Eizenberg
Director of Production Jessica Hill Kidd
Stage Manager Robin Grady*
+Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical union.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
△Member of IATSE, the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection designers in Live Performance.
by Cat Laine